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East Grand Forks in Polk County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sorlie Memorial Bridge

A.D. 1929

 
 
Sorlie Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2012
1. Sorlie Memorial Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Arthur Gustav Sorlie
April 26, 1874 – August 28, 1928

Governor of North Dakota and Chairman of the State Highway Commission from January 1925 until his death. Resident of Grand Forks since 1903. Member of the City Council from 1909 to 1914.

A true friend of
better roads and bridges

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsGovernment & Politics.
 
Location. 47° 55.653′ N, 97° 1.668′ W. Marker is in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in Polk County. Marker is on Demers Avenue (Business U.S. 2) just south of 3rd Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Marker is mounted directly on the northeast corner of bridge, facing southbound traffic on Demers Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Grand Forks MN 56721, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alexander Griggs (approx. 0.3 miles away in North Dakota); Grand Forks County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away in North Dakota); Welcome to Minnesota / Glacial Lake Agassiz
Sorlie Memorial Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2012
2. Sorlie Memorial Bridge Marker
(Grand Forks, North Dakota is across the river in distant background)
(approx. 10 miles away).
 
More about this marker. There is an identical copy of this marker mounted on the southwest corner of the bridge, across the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota, facing northbound traffic on Demers Avenue.
 
Regarding Sorlie Memorial Bridge. National Register of Historic Places #99000844.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sorlie Memorial Bridge (Wikipedia). The Sorlie Memorial Bridge, also known as the Red River Bridge was built in 1929 by the Minneapolis Bridge Company to connect the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. At the time, the bridge was the only vehicular crossing in the area, and was important for carrying U.S. Route 2, a transcontinental route. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places Nomination. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Sorlie Memorial Bridge. The Sorlie Memorial Bridge carries U.S. Highway 2 (Business) over the Red River of the North between East Grand Forks in Polk County, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was a joint project of both states and was named as a memorial to North Dakota Governor Arthur Gustav Sorlie. Each of the two main spans is a steel, riveted, Parker through truss. At 283 feet long, the spans are the longest riveted Parker through truss spans in Minnesota. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. The bridges of Polk County: Sorlie Memorial Bridge
Sorlie Memorial Bridge (<i>Minnesota side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2012
3. Sorlie Memorial Bridge (Minnesota side)
(marker visible on right side)
. To accommodate the unstable condition of the river banks, the structure design incorporates very large roller bearings that originally allowed the abutments to slide beneath the superstructure (up to 10 feet) without damaging the bridge. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

5. Arthur Gustave Sorlie (Wikipedia). Sorlie was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota and resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1903, Sorlie opened a bread and cracker factory in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He became a successful businessman, owning car dealerships and gas stations. Sorlie first entered politics as a member of the Grand Forks City Council, a position he held two terms. He served as the 14th Governor of North Dakota from 1925 until his death in 1928 at the age of 54. (Submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Sorlie Memorial Bridge across Red River (<i>North Dakota on opposite side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2012
4. Sorlie Memorial Bridge across Red River (North Dakota on opposite side)
(marker visible, edge-on, at far left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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