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A bridge on the river Nottawasaga

In this week's Remember This: the Van Vlack wooden bridge is replaced by a steel structure giving motorists access to the main street in Wasaga Beach.
The steel bridge over the Nottawasaga, which lasted from 1914 into the 1950s. Huron Institute No. 17, Collingwood Museum Collection X970.336.1

This week's Remember This photograph shows the original steel bridge over the Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach in 1914.

The steel bridge was constructed in 1909 to replace the Van Vlack Bridge, which was built in 1872 out of wood.

The wooden bridge had started to decay, and became too expensive to repair, which led to the construction of the steel bridge where the Main Street Bridge is today. The bridge’s location greatly contributed to the creation of the main street area, as the beach was becoming very popular, and the bridge gave easy access.

By the late 1950s, the original steel bridge had deteriorated, and was replaced by the current bridge in 1961. Some steel and concrete was saved and used to build a boathouse along the river.

Remember This is a weekly series of historic photographs submitted by the Collingwood Museum to These photographs were originally collected and documented by the Huron Institute in an historical catalogue entitled Huron Institute Paper and Records: Volume III. Much of Collingwood’s early history has been preserved due to the dedication and foresight of the early museum’s founders, namely its secretary-curator David Williams, upon its establishment in 1904.