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Construction of Calgary's new Centre Street Bridge was underway by 1915, but in June of that year, the water levels of the Bow River rose once again to threaten the river bank and bridges. Three men were inspecting the old bridge on the morning of June 26 when it collapsed, dumping them into the river. Two men were rescued, while the third man drowned during the incident. By the following year, construction of the new bridge was completed and in November of 1916, the new Centre Street Bridge was officially opened.

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Three Men Watching the Collapse of the Centre Street Bridge, 1915.
City of Calgary Archives PH910604051.

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