High-level bridge gets lit once in a while

2009 marked the centennial of the Lethbridge High-Level Bridge. As part of the celebration, somebody thought to light up the bridge at night this past September.

Unfortunately (but not really), I was in Las Vegas at the time so I missed the first lighting. Luckily, this past Remembrance Day they lit it up once again, which I also missed (I forgot).

Thankfully, my colleague Martina Emard took some amazing photos and has allowed me to publish there here!

More photos and thoughts after the jump.

Martina writes:

I think residents who have lived here for an extended period take this beauty for granted. Growing up my family used to travel to Lethbridge on occasion, and I would always put my book down as we started heading down the Highway 3 hill so I could enjoy my first glimpse of the bridge.

Now, as I round the corner and the bridge comes into sight, it signifies home. The black, angular structure is a wonderful contrast to the prairie grass and rolling hills. The 12,400 tons of steel signifies strength, beauty and innovation. For me, being under the bridge while a train passes is like listening to a symphony.

Happy birthday, you strong beauty! I love you! Keep standing tall!

See the full set on Flickr (Thanks, Martina/Emme Design!)

  • Also, check out this awesome photo from Jaime Vedres:
    http://www.jaimevedres.com/blog/2009/11/15/leth

  • Good on Lethy to finally have the bridge lit up… this will inspire a whole new million sets of “the bridge” photos 😛

    Saskatoon's Victoria Bridge has lights on it too.. sometimes they chase, etc… It's hooked up to the city's power and goes allll the time… so needless to say it costs a ton…
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3320/3474725871_

  • I too love seeing the Bridge when coming back into Lethbridge. I love how you can’t see Lethbridge until you come over the over pass. Since I live downtown, I always pass under the bridge when I come home, as well. It’s part of our homecoming experience.

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  • I too love seeing the Bridge when coming back into Lethbridge. I love how you can’t see Lethbridge until you come over the over pass. Since I live downtown, I always pass under the bridge when I come home, as well. It’s part of our homecoming experience.