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Before it had a lift bridge, Albion had a swing bridge

Posted 17 May 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – In this postcard from the early 20th Century we see the swing bridge over the Erie Canal looking up Main Street in Albion.

The bridge tender with a pole in hand is seen standing on the bridge. This pole fitted into gears under the hub in the middle which turned the bridge lengthwise of the canal.

Being mounted on a pedestal in the center of the canal when turned allowed boats to pass on either side. This bridge was removed in 1911 for the present lift bridge.