Meet: I-35 W St. Anthony Falls Bridge

35W Bridge Sometimes Gracefully

Darrin and I ventured out into the November cold for a short walk around the neighborhood the other night. Minnesota has recently moved from “comfortable cold” to “bitter cold,” Β but the other night the air was refreshing, the wind quiet, and the walk just long enough for me to appreciate our current lack of snow and icy pathways. Way to go, Minnesota. But come December, I’ll be expecting a white Christmas… πŸ˜‰

Meet the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge. One of my favorite bridges that crosses the Mississippi and a major bridge connecting into Minneapolis. In 2007, this bridge collapsed in the middle of the work day, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. That day, along with a few others, always falls into my “Where were you when…?” Β category of moments. I was at home. In my living room. Staring at one incredible and horrifying image of this massive feat of human engineering dismantled and buried deep into the Mississippi. Still today, people around the Twin Cities can remember exactly how many hours, minutes, or seconds they had driven over the bridge before it collapsed. Moments like that stick with ya.

Since then, this bridge has been rebuilt and has been turned into a kind of memorial for the victims and those affected by the tragedy. The bridge is lit every night, usually this blue color, in memory. On certain holidays or events, the lights will change color or project an array of colors over the Mississippi. They’ve done rainbow, orange, purple, red white and blue, green, etc, and we’ve enjoyed the view with every change in color.

Sometimes Gracefully Minneapolis Sometimes GracefullyI’ve mentioned to you before about my love for skylines, so naturally Darebear and I ventured onto the university’s bridge for a quick view and picture of Minneapolis. Β We talked about our days, our worries, our families, and our excitements all beneath the city’s twinkling lights, and I could not have enjoyed our short, mini date more. There’s a reason that “walk” and “talk” rhyme. They most certainly should be paired together. πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday! Do you take walks with loved ones? Where’s your favorite walking spot? I’d love to hear about it!

Have one awesome and marvelous Tuesday! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Sarah Heckle November 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I always think about the bridge that goes over the Ohio River near my hometown collapsing when I drive over it. It’s one of those things that you think could never happen to you, but it could. It looks like they turned your bridge into a beautiful monument!

    • Reply November 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

      It’s such a crazy thought, right? They’ve done some great stuff with this bridge. It’s such a beautiful view and a cool tribute!

  • Reply jennifer prod November 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    such lovely pictures! we lived a few blocks from lake of the isles/lake calhoun, so we usually walk our dog around the lakes πŸ™‚

    • Reply November 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

      What a beautiful area! What kind of dog do you have? Such a great area for dog walking…I think Darrin and I need to revisit our “Grace really wants a puppy” conversation.. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Brewed Together November 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    What awesome photos! Looks like it was a lovely time. Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

    • Reply Grace Beekman November 20, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thanks so much! It was a great little date night!

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