Awe, surely the old Ellis bridge is just not a BRIDGE, but it is a symbol of magnificent architechtural achievement and a sheer symbol of primitive technical skill. Still sometimes referred as the "Lakadiya Pul", the bridge literally bridges the gap between the old and the new city.
However, this "Ellis in Wonderland" Bridge has a pocket full of interesting history!
The bridge was destroyed by facing nature’s fury in the floods of 1873. It was then rebuilt in 1892.
According to the folklore, two British ships sank in the sea while carrying iron girders for the bridge. Another ship carrying the raw material made it to Ahmedabad.
The construction of the steel bridge, done in 1889 was done by Rao Bahadur Himmatlal Engineer.Rao shifted his home from Lalavas ni Pol in the walled city to Divetia Block in Raikhad, so that he could be close to the construction site.
Ellisbridge was named by the government after Sir Barrow Herbert Ellis, former commissioner of the city during the British rule in the pre-independent India.