5 And A Beagle

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Snapshot Saturday 

The Lions' Gate Bridge at Sunset

Looking towards the southeast, at a span of the Lions' Gate Bridge.

Started in the spring of 1937 and completed just over a year and a half later, the Lions' Gate Bridge spans Burrard Inlet at its 'First Narrows' and connects Vancouver to the North Shore.

The building of the bridge was financed by the Guinness family (of the Irish beer fame) so as to provide access to North and West Vancouver. The family had purchased over 4,000 acres in what is now West Vancouver and of course, with a bridge to connect the North Shore to the rest of Vancouver, development of the land would be a much easier task.

To help recover construction costs, toll booths were built at the north end of the bridge. At that time, a weekly auto ticket cost a princely $1.25, pedestrians paid 7 cents per crossing and cars were 25 cents (plus 5 cents per extra passenger).

The tolls were lifted in 1952 and today upwards of 70,000 vehicles cross it daily.



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