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n recent years, there has been considerable progress on the Historic Bridge Restoration. All the major arches and the smaller spandrel arches have been repaired. In addition, a $250,000 "Save America's Treasures" grant from the National Park Service, along with matching funds from supporters of PCI, resulted in the completion of one fully restored "model arch". Thus far, a total of $981,181 has been spent, including the $400,000 that would have been used for demolition.

In 2003, the "model arch" was opened to the public for a gala celebration. An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1000 revelers enjoyed an historic ceremony honoring the past and current bridge builders. There was an opportunity to ask questions about future plans, and to view a display of the proposed plaza and connection to the River's Edge Trail on the north side of the river. Over thirty musicians donated their talents and represented every era since the Bridge was built, including labor songs, folk songs, ragtime, jazz and "big band", as well as 50's classics and contemporary rock and roll. A "Readers' Theatre" of historical vignettes covered news of the entire year of 1920. Adding to the festive air were antique cars, costumes, children's old-fashioned games, a clown, one-man band and a magician. Free ice cream and other goodies donated by local merchants were a big attraction. The success of this Labor Day Celebration proves that the Bridge can be an attractive venue for community events. When the entire Bridge is restored, it will be a popular place for many occasions.

e hope to restore much of the Historic Bridge to its original grandeur. The Tenth Street Bridge over the Missouri River will ultimately be transformed into its new life as an elegant portal to Great Falls, a focal point for community and tourist activities, and a tangible symbol of pride for the entire state of Montana.

We would greatly appreciate any financial help pontists (bridge-lovers) and history buffs can donate to our cause. Please see Donor Page.