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The Long Hill
Cairns' delivery van descending the Long Hill
Cairn’s delivery van descending the Long Hill to the Traffic Bridge.
(Courtesy of Saskatoon Public Library - Local History Room
[LH 4164])

The roadways known as the "Long" and the "Short" hills were both cut out of the slope of the valley. Loaded wagons and street cars could not manage the Short Hill, but used the Long Hill between the Broadway Bridge and the Traffic Bridge. Even the Long Hill was difficult for streetcars. In the winter months, "black ice" coated the rails, and the city kept a watchman at the foot of the hill to keep the tracks sanded. The worst accident occurred in March 1922. A car attempting to turn off the hill onto the bridge left the rails, slid across the southbound tracks, glanced off a telephone pole and plunged over the bank, turning over and tearing the roof off on a guywire as it fell. Fortunately it landed right side up before collapsing. No one was killed.

Streetcars on the Long Hill
Streetcars on the Long Hill.
(Courtesy of Saskatoon Public Library - Local History Room
[LH 4143])

The topography of the bank at the end of the bridge has been extensively changed over the years. The park and interchange are on landfill. The Nutana end of the bridge has been raised.

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