The bridges near Highway 10 tell a
story. First you encounter the main bridge. Then you pass under the
"Old Bridge" where the highway used to run, and in a short while you
will see the remains of a much older bridge. As the roads (and bridges,
and vehicles) got bigger, more advantageous crossing sites were located.
Alexander Henry Jr., on his way back from
the Missouri River in 1806, crossed the Souris at a spot he called "The
Grand Passage" and indicates that it was a few miles above "a
considerable bend". If you stand upon the Margaret Bridge and look
west, I believe you are looking at the crossing he mentions.
Some photos from Sept 23, 2013...
For More Details...
False Starts: A Settlement History of Western Manitoba
The Souris Bend
Manitoba Photo Gallery