From the Archives
An early bridge over the Cape Cod Canal
The Cape Cod Canal was opened with much fanfare on July 29, 1914, a toll waterway put into operation less than three weeks before the Panama Canal opened. It bore only a slight resemblance to the canal we know today. This photo depicts the Bourne Highway Bridge on Dec. 31, 1926. The limitations of its clearance — even with the sides in the upright position — made navigation challenging, and it was the site of frequent ship collisions. New bridges allowing safer navigation were completed in 1935.