A Look Under the Veterans Memorial Bridge

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In the opening scene of Marvel’s summer smash The Avengers, the evil Loki infiltrates a secret military research outpost for a valuable mineral that will help him conquer the world. In the following scene, Loki uses a creepy hideout to hatch his malevolent plans. The location of this creepy hideout? Cleveland’s own Veterans Memorial Bridge, also known as the Detroit-Superior Bridge. The brief scene was shot underneath the familiar landmark in its little-known tunnel system.

Every summer, the Cleveland Public Works department organizes a public tour of the bridge, and I got a sneak peak at what attendees will see when they venture underneath the 3112-foot structure to one of Cleveland’s creepiest locales. On Saturday, July 7, the bridge and its lower subway deck will be open to the public—the only time of the year this is true.

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