People lined up Sunday to get the last souvenir from the remains of the old Champlain Bridge, which opened in 1962.
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Indeed, Quebecers came by the thousands to reclaim their little piece of history: the rivets that adorned the famous architecture of the Montreal landscape.
About 2,000 rivets were distributed on Saturday and the remaining 2,000 will be sold by the end of the day on Sunday.
These materials are no longer used in construction; They were replaced by bolts and nuts.
Jacques-Cartier and Champlain bridges
More than a piece of metal
For many, this symbol is more than just a simple piece of metal. Here are some of the reactions received by our journalist Anne-Sophie Jobin.
“His parents love Montreal. His mom is a guide in Montreal, so it’s important to her to have him, but since they’re in Toronto, they asked us to come,” said one woman.
“This is very important to me as I am a big collector. I want to pass this on to my children,” said another.
“We’re big fans of Quebec bridges. It’s a very important area,” he adds.
“The Champlain Bridge is part of our history. My parents, when they moved here, saw it being built,” one person interviewed said.
To know more, visit Jacques-Cartier and Champlain bridges website.