Jay Cooke State Park's Swinging Bridge

A few years ago, before my wife and I were married, she introduced me to Jay Cooke State Park on a trip up north to see her family. My introduction to the remarkable swinging bridge that makes the focal point of the park came on a chilly winter day. It has since become one of my favorite spots in the Northern Minnesota area. It has since been badly damaged by the historic flooding in the summer of 2012, but I'm thankful I was able to enjoy it while I could and capture it in pictures. I'm hopeful the state will rebuild it better than ever.

Winter Sunrise Over A Swinging Bridge - Minnesota Art Photography Print

The newly rebuilt swinging bridge provides a path across the St. Louis River at Jay Cooke State Park, near Cloquet, Minnesota. A crisp, cold winter morning sets the stage for an ominous sunrise.

The Frost Across - Minnesota Art Photography Print

The path across the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park is crunchy underfoot as a new blanket of snow makes the shores and forest surrounding the St. Louis River white and frosty.

Swinging Bridge Before The Storm - Minnesota Art Photography Print

Photographed a few months prior to its destruction by historic floods, the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park near Cloquet, Minnesota hangs proud on a cool March morning.

Pillars Of The Community - Minnesota Art Photography Print

Rustic shoulders of stone and concrete bear the weight of the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park near Cloquet, Minnesota. This photo was taken on a cool, foggy March afternoon in 2012. The bridge was badly damaged by historic flooding in the area a few months later.

Tether Ending - Jay Cooke State Park Art Photography Print
One of the steel cables that supported the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park near Cloquet, Minnesota, connects into the support brace cemented into the south shore of the St Louis River. This image was taken a few months before the historic flooding washed out the swinging bridge, along with roads, trails and other areas of the park, in June 2012.
Jay Cooke Swinging Bridge In Fog - Minnesota Art Photography Print
Taken in March 2012 in Jay Cooke State Park, near Cloquet, Minnesota.
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