The Drew Bridge is named after Frank & George Drew, sons of George F. Drew, governor of Florida from 1877-1881 and owner of the Drew Lumber Company. The bridge was purchased in Brazil for $15,000 in 1899 by the Drews and was floated on a barge to its present location. The bridge was moved into place by turning a crank in the middle of the bridge as trains needed. The Drew bridge was used until 1920 by the Florida railroad. The bridge was bought jointly by Suwannee & Lafayette county for possible use as a road bridge and has been sitting undisturbed since 1920.The bridge can no longer be reached by road, but can be reached by boat on the Suwannee River.
More info on the history of the Drews, the Drew Lumber Co., and the Florida railway can be found at www.taplines.net.
- Bridge over Suwannee River on Suwannee & San Pedro Railroad (1902-1905)
- Lafayette County, Florida, and Suwannee County, Florida
- Closed to all traffic
- Named after sons of George F. Drew (gov. of FL 1877-81); purchased in Brazil by Drews in 1899 & floated by barge to present location. Not in use since 1920.
- Narrow gauge swing bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +30.10108, -83.11410 (decimal degrees)
30°06'04" N, 83°06'51" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/296283/3331871 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Mayo SE
- Inventory numer
- BH 47418 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- October 30, 2016: New photo from Robert Thompson
- January 1, 2011: New photos from Blake K. Reaves
- December 27, 2010: Added by Blake K. Reaves