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The Spiral Bridge was once a major tourist attraction.

Spiral Bridge was once a landmark in Hastings

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Toward the end of the 19th century, the small but growing river town of Hastings faced a dilemma.

One of the oldest cities in the state, Hastings had developed next to the Mississippi River. Steamboats could float right up to the levee, only a short distance from Second Street, then the center of commerce.

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