Dennis,do they ever allow folks to ride the bridge up? I heard they did back in the 80s.
I failed. I guess I won't be a bridge operator but a bridge admirer. Thank you for posting this!
They did allow passenger at one time, but, I suppose the liability put a crimp on that idea.
My wife as a child in the 50's was in a car with her mom when the bridge started to go up. They honked and the operator brought it back down to let them off. They were going to a Sunday School picnic on Minnesota point at the time :)
Well, that was fun... I guess I know more about the bridge than I thought..Thanks for testing us..OH, I PASSED !!! So, Dennis, How'd U do ??? Penny in IL
I had all the answers and I got one wrong!
OOPS. Me too...Penny
Have a question...it says I have an "unsupported browser" where the Bridge Quiz is. I use Windows 7.. Any ideas?
Love the quiz Dennis. One question I had to take a second chance but, we got 100%. Thank you so much for the site and the time you put into it. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!-John T
If you get an 'Unsuported Browser" first, see if there is an update for your browser, then try a different browser. i.e. Chrome, Internert Explorer, Safari, Firefox.
Kinda curious what kind of score the actual bridge operator would get on the quiz..
Good point,Tim.. Wouldn't that be something if he or she got involved with us folk that JUST watch the ships go in and out of port....Penny in IL
Since the bridge has times when nothing is happening, where are the operators? I can't imagine they just sit up there waiting.
There is always something for the Bridge Operators to do, whether it's communicating with ships, maintaining the bridge, studying operation, or, keeping people from climbing the structure, the very fact that it is in such a public place is enough to always be aware of what's going on.
Back in the 90s, a friend and I went up the stairs to the bridge house at night, to ask the operator when the next ship was coming in, and he came out and met us on the steps, I noticed he was wearing a side arm....so they're also security....
Curious why the ice flows out to sea some days and others it flows the other direction.
Periodically the water levels rise and fall by as much as one foot due to a phenomenon called a "seiche" (SAYSH, a French word that means "to sway back and forth"). This happens when water piles up on one side of the lake because of wind or high barometric pressure and then shifts back to the other side. Small seiches occur all the time, but sometimes strong ones can cause ships to bang together in harbors, or leave them high and dry for a few minutes.