On the surface, the concept of a bridge seems relatively straightforward. However, Veterans Bridge, its well known shorter name, has some very mysterious qualities.
The first uniqueness is that Veterans Bridge used to be called the Detroit-Superior Bridge. It also happens to be the first high-level bridge over the mighty Cuyahoga River. It connects Detroit Ave. and Superior Ave. and opened in 1917.
Secondly, the bridge contains 2 decks. The top deck was designed for vehicles and pedestrians. The lower deck was to carry streetcars. That’s right, streetcars!
Which begs the question, does Cleveland have street cars?? Not anymore. The streetcars stopped running in 1954.
Check out this awesome Instagram reel from Cleveland Vibes and Lance Aerial which shows what this bottom half of the bridge looks like.
It has to be asked, can I go down there?? Unfortunately no. I might have even done some considerable *ahemm “urban exploration” to see if it is accessible. Sadly, only the amazing @lanceaerial drone can get up in there.
The final mystery is whether it is spelled, Veterans, Veteran’s, or Veterans’. As I was researching the bridge, I legitimately saw each spelling variation used. For what it’s worth, I saw the spelling of Veterans being used the most often, so there you go.
Did you know about the bottom of half of Veterans Bridge? Would you be interested in a walking tour if it were made accessible to the public? Cleveland Vibes would be down. Let us know in the comments if you would be in too!
Yes i Would DEFINITELY be INTERESTED in a walking tour!