Plans were discussed and presented and, at a special election in February, 1894, the vote was almost 5-1 in favor of a bridge. According to reminiscences, at least a dozen teams of mules pulled rock for the foundation of the bridge. Gust Lillyblad, Andrew Danielson, and John Johnson all provided stone for the bridge. Charles Betcher Lumber Company provided the lumber.
A highlight of the bridge dedication was a man who dove off the bridge into the Mississippi River.
The bridge began as a toll bridge. View the table to see the rates.