You are here

Pedestrian Bridge

-A A +A
1901. South end of Central Ave. across the Sheyenne River
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

In the fall of 1892, a wooden footbridge across the Sheyenne, originally a single plank with handrails, linked the Normal School (BA1) to the city. Because there were no dormitories on campus at the time and most students lived on the other side of the river, a bridge was a necessity. However, the bridge was frequently damaged by ice flows that impeded the river, causing inconvenience and expensive repairs. The current bridge is an ornate three-span, one-hundred-and-fifty-foot-long suspension bridge, the only one of its kind in North Dakota. This iconic bridge has long been a popular gathering place for generations of Valley City residents and college alumni.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


What's Nearby


Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Pedestrian Bridge", [Valley City, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 60-61.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.