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Darlingside in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
 

Thousand Islands Bridge System

1938

 
 
Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
1. Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker
Inscription.  

The tons of explosives, concrete and steel used to create the five spans of the bridge system only hint of the tremendous efforts to create the bridge system. Glad of getting work in the Great Depression, the workers took any job they could and laboured long hours in all kinds of weather. They took only 16 months to complete the construction. Astonishingly, they had finished 10 weeks ahead of schedule. And the $3,050,000 spent to build the system came in under budget! What they achieved would be amazing even if they had the use of today's technology.

But the tools and equipment were not as powerful, as easy to operate, or as reliable as those we use now. Despite the basic — and seldom used safety equipment — only one worker was killed. Although most of the workers came from the local area, the high steel workers were brought in from the Kahnawd:ke Mohawk Reserve in Quebec. Today the bridge is a tourist attraction on its own — resplendent in the green paint specially formulated for it. It also stands as a symbol of the determination and industriousness of its builders and of the lasting friendship and peace

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between two nations.

[Photo captions, clockwise from top left, read] First Nations Mohawks from Kahnawd:ke, Quebec were hired for the high steel work because they could work fearlessly at any height (c.1937)

Motorcade on the Canadian Span with Prime Minister Wm. Lyons Mackenzie King & President Roosevelt arriving at the Dedication, 18 Aug 1938

This bridge stands as an open door... where the boundary is crossed, the only word must be, "Pass, friend."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt speaking at the Bridge Dedication

Local workers placing reinforcing steel (Hilliard Bevins on left), 1938

Early drawing showing the proposed (and final) 14 km route and 5 spans of the USA-Canadian system (c1930)

Trowelling the cement deck of the suspension span, 1938
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features. A significant historical date for this entry is August 18, 1938.
 
Location. 44° 22.099′ N, 75° 58.154′ W. Marker is in Darlingside, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Thousand Islands Parkway and Darlingside Drive, on the right when traveling east on Thousand Islands Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Roadside Pullout on Thousand Islands Parkway, Darlingside ON K0E, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as

Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
2. Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker
Looking south toward the St. Lawrence River
the crow flies. The Thousand Islands (here, next to this marker); Darlingside (a few steps from this marker); Thousand Islands International Bridge (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); Yacht House & Wellesley Island (approx. 4.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Boldt Castle (approx. 4.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Swan Pond (approx. 4.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Alster Tower & Peristyle (approx. 4.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Dovecote & Garden (approx. 4.6 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darlingside.
 
Also see . . .  Thousand Islands Bridge. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 30, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 16, 2017
3. Thousand Islands Bridge System Marker
Looking west along Thousand Islands Parkway
Thousand Islands Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ibtta, unknown
4. Thousand Islands Bridge
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association homepage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2024. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 19, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on July 30, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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