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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Steel Through Truss Bridge (Souris River, Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)

In 1908, this 150-foot long steel through truss bridge was built over the Souris River at Wawanesa, in what is now the Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa, on a design by engineer Archie McGillivray for the Algoma Steel Company of Winnipeg. Described in some sources as the “Black Bridge,” it was closed to all but pedestrian traffic at the time of a visit in early 2013.

Steel through truss bridge over the Souris River

Steel through truss bridge over the Souris River (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.59357, W99.68876
denoted by symbol on the map above


Sipiweske: 100 Years of Wawanesa and District by Wawanesa and District History Book Committee, 1988.

Pioneering in Highway Bridges for the Province of Manitoba and the Engineering Profession by George Alois De Pauw, 1993, page 32.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2018

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