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Friday, June 15, 2012

Bridgefest in Houghton and Hancock

The three-day Bridgefest in Houghton and Hancock is this weekend with concerts, boat tours, sporting events, parade and fireworks. The Portage Lake Lift Bridge which you can see out the window of this Quincy Mine cogwheel tram, links the two communities of Houghton on the south side with Hancock on "Copper Island". Built in 1959, the middle section can raise 100 feet to let boats pass through on their way to Lake Superior. It has two decks, one for cars and in the winter, one for snowmobiles. It has the distinction of being the world's heaviest and widest double deck vertical lift bridge.

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