On This Date In Twin Cities History - September 15, 1904

On this date in 1904, the historic wooden bridge over the St. Croix River in Stillwater collapses and burns.

At 3:10 PM that day, the east end of the bridge was found to be on fire.  The fire department responded quickly and during the fire-fighting, the hose cart ventured out to the burning span.  Suddenly the bridge span collapsed carrying the hose cart, horses and sightseers into the river.  Randolph Boo, George McGrath and Edward McPhetern were killed.