The Main Street Bridge : 1890-1917

Once upon a time, there was a Main Street Bridge (originally known as Westminster Avenue Trestle Bridge), as Main Street used to be called Westminster Avenue until 1910. This bridge connected Vancouver (Gastown) to South Vancouver.

Why was there a bridge with no water to cross??? Because at the time, the waters of False Creek ran up to Clark Drive (Knight Street), and there was a bridge on Main Street that joined its northern side from its much-longer southern side. From 1913 to 1917, the eastern end of False Creek was filled in for railway land, thus making the old Main Street Bridge obsolete in 1917.

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Main Street Bridge 1890
Main Street Bridge 1890


Westminster Avenue Bridge - later Main Street Bridge
Westminster Avenue Bridge – later Main Street Bridge