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lot of water has flowed under the Historic Tenth Street Bridge across the Missouri River in Great Falls, Montana since it was threatened with demolition in 1994. Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who value historical and beautiful structures, the Bridge was saved as a pedestrian urban parkway. As a result of this success, several bridges in Montana have now been saved from destruction, including the graceful old bridge across the Missouri River in Wolf Point. The Montana Department of Transportation now has a policy to allow preservationists a chance to "adopt" bridges.

The Tenth Street Bridge has received many honors, including a Montana Preservation Award, a Cascade County Historical Award, recognition by the National Society of Industrial Archeology and the Montana Preservation Alliance. Bill Tamietti, the contractor who completed the restoration thus far, and Lee Ebeling, P.E. the engineer from Lacy & Ebeling Engineering, Inc. were honored by the Montana State Contractors Association for the best historic restoration in the state in 2003. City and County Magazine which is distributed throughout the USA also featured the Bridge, as did Preservation Magazine, Civil Engineering News and Bridge Builders Magazine. The Great Falls Tribune has donated thousands of dollars in free advertising for our fund-raising events, and has featured the photogenic Bridge in many articles.

PRESERVATION CASCADE, INC. (PCI) sponsored a Historic Bridge Conference which attracted engineers from all over the country. They unanimously agreed that the restored Bridge, which is the longest (1130 feet) concrete arched bridge in all the Great Plains States, would be a real asset to Montana. It is a symbol of our heritage that is rapidly being lost in the name of progress. Many teachers and students who attended the Conference were interested in the educational value of the Bridge. They expressed a desire to utilize the restored Bridge as a site for field trips and for history and nature studies.

PCI has sponsored many fund-raisers including barn dances, a Roaring 20's party, auctions, sales at the weekly Farmers' Market, a play about Western artist Charlie Russell, luncheons featuring Iditarod Mushers, and Mystery Dinner Theatre. At two events, the highly regarded Canadian artist Graham Flatt donated original watercolors with all proceeds contributed to the Historic Bridge Fund.