Video surfaces of historic Hastings bridge being destroyed

The Spiral Bridge first opened to horse-and-buggy traffic in Hastings in 1895. It is the only one of its kind ever built. Crews demolished the bridge in 1951 by simply knocking it into the Mississippi River.
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The Spiral Bridge first opened to horse-and-buggy traffic in Hastings in 1895. It is the only one of its kind ever built. Crews demolished the bridge in 1951 by simply knocking it into the Mississippi River.

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