On This Date In Twin Cities History - June 3, 1859

On this date in 1859,  logs driven by floodwaters wash out the the Upper Bridge (at Plymouth Avenue) and the Lower Bridge (near the present day Stone Arch Bridge) in Minneapolis.  The bridges were the second and third bridges built over the Mississippi in Minneapolis only two years prior in 1857.   The first bridge, at Hennepin Avenue, built in 1855 was left standing, primarily due to it being a suspension bridge and having no piers exposed to the rushing flood waters.