Susan Padget asks whether it’s true that some of the workers died during the construction of the High Level Bridge.
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This episode includes significant discussion of death, including self-harm. If you’re having mental health issues, the CMHA Distress Line is a great resource to reach out to. Give them a call at 780-482-HELP.
We started our journey at the City of Edmonton Archives, while the snow and slush were still blowing.
We found a great shot from an Edmonton Journal article looking back at the day the bridge first opened to train traffic.
One of the sources we consulted was Kath MacLean, who wrote a poem about Luke McDonough called There Was A Young Man.
We also spoke to filmmaker Trevor Anderson, who made a short film about the bridge.
The bridge looks quite a bit different in 2018.
Karen Simonson from the Provincial Archives of Alberta was good enough to join us at the High Level Bridge to talk about what we found.
- Christian Olsen death certificate [Provincial Archives of Alberta]
- Christian Olsen coroner inquest [Provincial Archives of Alberta, Accession Number 67.172]
- Luke McDonough death certificate [Provincial Archives of Alberta]
- Luke McDonough coroner inquest [Provincial Archives of Alberta, Accession Number 67.172]
- “Workman Killed By Pile Driver” – Edmonton Bulletin, Nov 21, 1910
- “Luke McDonough Killed on Saturday” – Lacombe Western Globe, Nov 23, 1910
- “Jury Absolves Contractors” – Edmonton Bulletin, Dec 11, 1910
- “Bridge Workers to Talk Over Terms” – Edmonton Journal, Oct 3, 1912
- Edmonton Journal Interview with John Gunn & Sons (1, 2) – June 9, 1913
- “Immediate Action Demanded Respecting High Level Trouble” – Edmonton Journal, Oct 3, 1912
- “High Level Bridge is 30 Years Old” – Edmonton Journal, July 31, 1942
- “The Third Column: City Bridges” by Old-Timer – Edmonton Journal, (date not specified)
- “The High Level Bridge at 100” – Edmonton City as Museum Project, July 17, 2014