Iconic bridge returns to state park

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Oct 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The swinging bridge will soon be back at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth.

The iconic bridge carried pedestrians over the rushing St. Louis River for generations before violent flooding badly damaged it last year.

Park manager Gary Hoeft says the $1.1 million reconstruction is nearly done. It's expected to reopen in the coming week.

Hoeft says the rebuilt bridge will bounce and sway just like the old one. He says it will take some time to get the squeaks back.

The U.S. Forest Service built the first swinging bridge of logs and rope in the park in 1924. It was rebuilt once before after a 1950 flood.

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