Hastings in Dakota County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Farmers brought wagons full of crops to the Hastings market, and then returned home driving wagons full of goods purchased from the city's growing number of merchants. The thriving community soon attracted numerous industries and skilled workers.
A Landmark Remembered
In 1895, the city erected the Spiral Bridge which deposited traffic at the foot of Sibley Street in the heart of the city's downtown.
Local merchants had worried that a traditional bridge design would carry traffic over and beyond the business district. The unique design was a key to the success of Hastings as a thriving commercial center.
Erected by City of Hastings; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 44° 44.732′ N, 92° 51.118′ W. Marker is in Hastings, Minnesota, in Dakota County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 1st Street and Sibley Street. Marker is along the Hastings Riverfront Trail in Veterans Memorial Levee Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hastings MN 55033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Legion Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Spiral Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Hastings Spiral Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississippi (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial Levee (about 500 feet away); Downtown Hastings Yesterday and Today (about 500 feet away); One Neighborhood, Many Stories (about 600 feet away); Hastings Grows (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hastings.
More about this marker. [photo captions, clockwise]
This 1916 panorama of Second Street shows the area known today as the East Second Street Commercial Historic District. Many of these buildings still stand, dating from 1860 to 1920. City of Hastings
Several of the historic shops on Second Street are still being used today for their original purposes. The Pringle Building has housed a hardware store, under different proprietors, for over 140 years. City of Hastings
Looking south on Sibley Street, this photograph shows downtown Hastings during the early 1900s. Compare this photograph to the view of Sibley Street from where you stand today. City of Hastings
This postcard image from 1920 shows the Spiral Bridge during its heyday. By the mid-20th century, this "high wagon bridge" could no longer support the heavier vehicles crossing the Mississippi. Minnesota Historical Society
Prior to being razed in 1951, the Spiral Bridge stood side by side with the new Highway 61 Bridge. City of Hastings
Also see . . . Spiral Bridge Replica. (Submitted on October 4, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 621 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.