Farewell to a St. Paul landmark

High Bridge power plant smokestack: Things are gonna be different around here...
High Bridge power plant smokestack: Things are gonna be different around here...Courtesy tboard
At 7:30 on Saturday morning, the 570-foot-tall, 5770-ton smokestack of the High Bridge power plant will come crashing down. Xcel Energy’s new gas-fired plant is complete, and the old coal-burning plant, built in 1923, is being torn down. If you want to watch, try the bluff across the river. (Traffic will be stopped on the High Bridge, Randolph Avenue, and Shepard Road.) And be on time: the stack is expected to fall in about 10 seconds. Even the dust cloud should dissipate quickly.

More info from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

An icon on the skyline
An icon on the skylineCourtesy edkohler

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

One more link, also to a Strib story

posted on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 5:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Driving by on W. 7th Sunday a.m., I couldn't believe how different the landscape seems without the smokestack. It really surprised me!

posted on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 3:59pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I would say that was about the best thing I've ever done at 7:30 am. I watched from the Smith ave highbridge, and there were loud noises, 570 feet of falling concrete, surprised birds, dust, people acting frightened of dust—all in all pretty fun.

Like everyone else in town, I got some decent pictures of the tower on its way down. I'll post some here if I remember to grab my camera tomorrow.

posted on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 9:13am
bryan kennedy's picture

We got some great video of the collapse and will be posting it later today. It's pretty great to watch the giant column come falling down.

posted on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 10:33am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

#1: Minutes before the fall.
#1: Minutes before the fall.Courtesy JGordon
#2: Immediately after the explosion.
#2: Immediately after the explosion.Courtesy JGordon
#3Courtesy JGordon
#4: Boom.
#4: Boom.Courtesy JGordon

I had some other pictures, but I think these give the basic idea. It was cool.

posted on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 11:27am
tis-chick-s0-fly's picture
tis-chick-s0-fly says:

I didn't even know that they have that kind of pictures with the sky looking like that. Wow the picture look really nice and it look creepy like something going to happen to the place.

posted on Fri, 10/24/2008 - 1:40pm

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