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Drew Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Unknown

View this photo at canoesuwannee.com

BH Photo #190985

Map 

Description 

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.

Facts 

Overview
Through Truss Swing Bridge over Suwannee River on Abandoned Suwannee & San Pedro Railroad
Location
Lafayette County, Florida, and Suwannee County, Florida
Status
Abandoned since mid 20th century.
History
Built between 1869-1874 at an unknown location, purchased 1899, installed 1901; abandoned 1920
Railroad
- Suwannee & San Pedro Railroad
Design
Narrow gauge swing bridge
Dimensions
Total length: 260.0 ft.
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 number
BH 47418 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • May 11, 2018: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Laced endposts"
  • May 11, 2018: Updated by Luke: Removed false "Future Prospects" added by Amanda due to field check by John Marvig
  • April 11, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Bridge has been possibly damaged/destroyed by flooding
  • 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

Sources 

Comments 

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Anonymous

I wish I was at the Mulysa Bridge today. It would be fitting after this crazy fun...

I just hope that the Mulysa Bridge does not collapse. It is way cool!

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Anonymous

Okay, thanks for letting us know that they were tourists. I'm hoping that some of them got photos of the bridge while it was parked next to the Hal Adams Bridge. I would be interested in seeing some documentary photographs of the restoration.

I'm hoping maybe one of the photographs might have caught a company vehicle. That way if we know for example that Billy Bob's Bridge Restoration was involved then we would know that they were great contractor to be able to pull something like this off.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Local Resident

No, thatís not what I meant.

I meant that I saw two TOURISTS from West Virginia and Idaho parked in a pull-off near the Hal W. Adams Bridge at the same time that I was there.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Anonymous

I am not surprised that somebody from West Virginia would be there. That is a really good item to note. West Virginia is a heavily industrial state and I could certainly see some bridge restoration companies being based there.

Local resident, did you happen to catch the name of the company from West Virginia? I'm very impressed that they could do perfect replication of the original parts and get the whole thing back on the pier so quickly.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Local Resident

Everyone can believe what they want to believe. Everyone can think what they want to think. Nobody can physically change someoneís opinion, even when itís wrong.

That said, I know what I saw. Other people saw it too. I really donít have any thoughts about good faith/bad faith with Amanda, but I do know that around the same time I was looking at the bridge, a man from West Virginia and a man from Idaho were also there, which says something.

As Iíve said repeatedly, just drop the stick and move on.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Flood stage = flooding.

Flooding = flood stage.

A river cannot flood without hitting flood stage.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

J.P. beat me to the punch. This graph shows that through the year that the river only was 4' higher than in my pictures at the highest. In April, the river was measured at about 1 foot higher than in my pictures.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Someone is full of crap. There is no way a bridge this size is moved to a suspension bridge nearby, fixed, and then reinstalled in two weeks. The permits alone would take longer. This is obviously the same person making this prank.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 4, 2018, by Local Resident

Ahem... look at that chart VERY closely.

Youíll notice in the key it says that the red line is ďNational Weather Service Flood StageĒ. That doesnít mean that the river canít flood without hitting that stage. I highly doubt that the swing pier is 34-35 feet tall, although I havenít examined it closely. Regardless, I do know from experience that it doesnít take 35 feet of water to flood some of the low-lying streets near the water bank.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

So just to show how high the water has been along with records here is a chart showing the current, the highest in the last 365 days and historical. This is the closest gage which is located at the Hal W Adams Bridge. I'm happy to say that this particular spot hasn't hit flood stage since 1948. Chart provided by the USGS. Link provided.

https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/id=wwchart_ftc&site_no=02320000

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Local Resident,

I'm curious what the true extent of the damage is. Comparing my photos to Nathan Holths, there is no distinguishing difference. However, you are correct that I am not a local. I live a 23 hour drive from the structure, and based my field report on what I found. When did these flash floods occur? I am curious to the water levels then.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

I couldnít agree with that last statement more...

It might be very difficult to tell which members were replaced, since it appears that either the state and/or the counties painted over the new modern steel with the same color as the rest of the cast iron to hide the ugly new modern beams...

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

I will be interested to see which members got replaced. John Marvig always does a very thorough documentation of bridges when he visits them. Once he posts photos to his website, I will look through them to figure out which members got damaged.

It would seem like a complete waste of taxpayer money to put this bridge back on the failing pier.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

I saw the bridge when it had been relocated to the Hal W. Adams Memorial Bridge, but it was fenced off with ďNo TrespassingĒ signs posted, and there happened to be a police officer running traffic traps nearby, so I didnít want to raise questions and thus I didnít take any photographs.

I made another visit about 2 weeks ago, and was shocked and surprised to discover that the bridge was no longer there. I then went down to the river and found the bridge back on its original pier. While I was not able to get up close to the bridge as I donít own a boat, I could tell from a high-zoom camera lens that a few members of the truss had been replaced, and others significantly repaired. Beyond that I was not able to make any further conclusions.

I then spoke to a large population of my neighbors, and none of them could agree on what happened after the bridge was restored, and none of them could agree on why the bridge would be placed back on the failing pier.

Thatís why Iíve suggested that we assume that the bridge sustained minimal damage from the flood, and that it was only relocated for inspection or possibly partial restoration. Look at the glass half full and drop the stick, please.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

So, back to my original question. Did you see any evidence of construction on your last site visit? Do you know how the bridge would have been placed back on the pier?

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

My apologies. I accidentally posted the previous comment in the general forum instead of on this page.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

This is all very interesting. Do you know why the Florida Department of Transportation would have been involved? This seems strange to me. It seems odd that the Florida Department of Transportation would have jurisdiction over a railroad bridge.

Have you seen any evidence of construction activity around the bridge? Do you know how the bridge was placed back on the pier without any trees being cut down?

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

Probably inspecting it to make sure that it wasnít damaged... or possibly (perish the thought) rehabilitation... something the neither FLDOT nor the two counties have seemed to care about.

Anonymous user, do you even know what ďdrop the stickĒ means?

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

So, if the truss survived the floodwaters, then what was it doing at the Hal Adams Bridge?

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

And I did. So did several others.

Iím not sure what part of ďdrop the stickĒ you donít understand...

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

Just Simply Local Resident:

In your May 19th post, you said that you saw the bridge sitting next to the Hal Adams Bridge. Can you explain why you said that? Don't tell me that you got bad information from Amanda. You yourself said that you saw the bridge next to the Hal Adams Bridge.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

Does anybody know the dates for this supposed flood event? If someone can post the time frame that this flood allegedly happened, then we can access the USGS data. That data will give us a good idea for how high the water actually got on the pier, if this alleged flood even happened.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

The way this nonsense is going, we are all going to be local residents to the Mulysa Bridge.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

Iím only argumentative because they are trying to discredit every single thing I say, when I donít believe any of them are local residents.

John said he had to drive 3 hours to get to the bridge - thatís not a local resident. I cannot disclose where I live for privacy and security reasons, but I can say that I live within biking distance of the bridge.

Please, everyone, just DROP THE STICK. This discussion has gone on for too long. Iím surprised that everyone isnít content to assume that there was no damage from the flood, despite the floodwaters submerging the bridge pier. Thatís great news, isnít it? I think so.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Robert for letting me know about the pictures John posted.Looks to me like the bridge is still standing,huh?What I also want to know is why this "local resident" is so argumentative with everybody?

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

I made that claim based on the information I had available at the time. There are still some other residents who believe that the bridge was swept off the pier. As I have said repeatedly, it appears unlikely that it was swept off, despite evidence suggesting just that at the time

I agree with George regarding enough of this arguing. As Iíve also said repeatedly, flooding submerged the swing pier, but no local Resident can agree on what happened or didnít happen after that. As such, letís look at the glass half full and assume that the truss withstood the floodwaters and was not damaged, unless/until we hear otherwise.

Iím getting tired of this... why is it so difficult to make a positive assumption since we really donít know what happened? Drop the stick, please.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Anonymous

Simply Just Local Resident:

On May 19th, you yourself posted on here claiming that the bridge collapsed. You did indeed make this claim. Now you are trying to walk it back after you got called out. I hope that the webmaster blocks you.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

George:

John Marvig did get out to the bridge and he photographed it. He has confirmed that the bridge is still standing on the pylon.

Several weeks ago, somebody by the name of Amanda was posting on here and claiming that the bridge had been knocked into the river by a flood. Her comments got removed because she was deliberately posting disinformation and also posting copyrighted materials.

John was able to field visit this bridge and confirm that Amanda was a liar.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by George oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have a great idea which nobody has thought of.Maybe someone can get out to this bridge and document it instead of just arguing and guessing what's going on with the bridge.Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

Also, for the record, my name isnít Amanda, but Iím pretty sure that if Amanda was reading this now, she would not be pleased with the insults.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 3, 2018, by Local Resident

Please stop insulting me.

Again, I never said that the bridge was knocked off the pier. In fact, I disagree with that given the tree in the middle.

For the last time, letís close this discussion with what we know. There was a flash flood. The river overflowed its banks. The water submerged the bridge pier. Beyond that, we donít have definite answers and so we need to stop speculating. Look at the glass half full and assume the best case scenario: the truss was able to withstand the flood and therefore was unharmed.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Local Resident

Just a final note that the ďholeĒ visible in the swing span during Johnís visit (photo #22) proves that there was some flood damage to the swing pier.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Local Resident

Luke,

Iím not so sure about that. I think it mightíve been possible for the floodwaters to eat away at the hinges on the swing pier enough that the pier would no longer give the truss any support, and therefore it would slide into the river, while leaving the tree (mostly) intact.

However, until either the majority of local residents can agree on a definite answer, and/or until FLDOT can give a definite answer (which theyíre not good at doing), letís just assume that the truss superstructure was strong enough to withstand the floodwaters, and any damage was repaired quickly (as in before Johnís visit). I think thatís the best way to look at it - with the glass half full.

I see no need to discuss this further until and unless we get definite answers. All this speculation as to what did or dindít happen is getting unconstructive IMHO.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Luke

That's not how physics works. If the bridge was moved off the pier, the tree would've gone with it.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Local Resident

No, Iím afraid thatís not what happened. It wouldíve been great if it was, but itís not.

The Suwannee River flooded and overflowed its banks on both sides. There was moderate flooding on many local roads that run along the river. The bridgeís swing pier was submerged in water for a time.

What needs to be sorted out is what happened or didnít happen after the floodwaters submerged the bridgeís pier. Was the truss superstructure able to withstand the floodwaters being within feet of it, and therefore was unharmed? Did the waters slide (but not yank, knock, or pull) the bridge off the pier, so that the tree remained intact, but the bridge was in the river? Did the bridge get pulled off and the tree was strong enough to withstand it? We donít know, and no local resident that Iíve spoken with can agree.

However, we do know with certainty that during a flash flood, water was covering the pier.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Anonymous

Just Resident:

I can tell you exactly what happened. The bridge stood firm on the pillar while the water flowed underneath. Nothing more nothing less.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Local Resident

I have not and will not disclose my name. Please refer to me as "Local Resident" or simply just "Resident" if you will.

Also, I never said that the bridge was knocked off its pier. In fact, I agreed with John below that the chances of that having happened were low given the tree in the middle of it.

However, what I do know, and what many locals know, is that the Suwanee River did seriously flood, and the floodwaters rose above the height of the bridge pier, to the point that the swing span was sitting on the water. What happened, or didn't happen, after that is what nobody in the area can agree on, and FLDOT refuses to provide details about.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Anonymous

Addis Ababa, or whatever your name is...

You are posting information that has been disproven multiple times. All of us know damn well that this bridge was not knocked off its pier.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Local Resident

Excuse me, but please do not insult me. I am offended by your recent comments.

My name isnít Amanda, nor am I a ďtrollĒ (whatever that means). Please stop.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 2, 2018, by Anonymous

For the benefit of anybody visiting this website, I would like to say that Local Resident is a troll. Her real name is Amanda and she posts blatantly false information.

She is fake news.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 1, 2018, by Anonymous

You are fake news.

Drew Bridge
Posted June 1, 2018, by Anonymous

Because Nathan received an email, probably from the exact same IP address as "Amanda".

Drew Bridge
Posted June 1, 2018, by Local Resident

Iíve been trying to gather more information on this so-called collapse over the past few weeks. Johnís findings regarding the tree in the middle of the pier do seem to suggest that at least some portion of the truss superstructure was not affected, or, at the most, was not ďyankedĒ off the pier.

I contacted both the county DOT and FLDOT, both of which declined to comment on the situation, basically saying ďThe Bridge is back where it belongs now. Go look at it if you want toĒ ó something that is unfortunately not surprising of Florida Highway agencies.

I have since been speaking to several of my neighbors and several residents from the other side of the river (across the Hal W. Adams Memorial Bridge), and many agree that the flash floods of the Suwannee River definitely did *something* to this precious bridge, although nobody can agree on exactly what.

My question now is, if this bridge did not actually collapse, why is Nathan Holth from HistoricBridges.org, a website I trust and that appears reliable, confirming the claims made by Amanda or whoever that the bridge is/was gone?

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Anonymous

Now that Angie has been blocked, I wonder how many other anonymii will disappear.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Luke

Yet another occasion this Futurama clip has been apropos regarding "Amanda" and their BS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4vIBijzg4w

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Local Resident

Iím not even sure who Amanda is but if the extent of copyright violations and potentially incorrect information is as bad as James makes it sound, then yeah, either ban the user, or at least, prevent them from editing anything until they learn what ďcopyrightĒ and ďverifiabilityĒ mean. Those are the two most important concepts when contributing information to any public website or database: make sure the info is not copyright infringement, and make sure itís verifiable.

I find it unfortunate that FLDOT doesnít appear to care for this bridge, because if they did, they wouldíve placed it in storage in a safe place, rather than placing it back on the pier where it will only be a matter of time before it falls again.

P.S. addressing messages to Amanda, whoever they may be, is probably pointless if they are blocked or banned.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

James:

Thanks for doing the investigation. I have no doubt than Adnama will create a new website with copyrighted material again. We must be vigilant.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Well, well, well. I did some forensic analysis on the IP number used by both "Local Resident" and "Amanda".

And what did I find? This little beauty of a link:

https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/I_Lo...

Wikipedia has banned a particular user, "I Love Bridges", for the "Creation of hoax bridge articles, and meddling with existing ones."

The same IP number used by Amanda is mentioned on that page. It has been banned from Wikipedia for a year because of long-term abuse.

Good riddance, Amanda. Wikipedia was right to ban you, but I'm not willing to settle for a one year ban. You and your hoaxes and copyright violations are not welcome here ever again.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Anonymous

President Trump explains what happened here.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Local Resident

James,

Iím using a VPN server, which obfuscates my IP data for privacy. Therefore, it doesnít locate to my actual location. In fact, I donít even know where it locates to.

I AM A LOCAL RESIDENT and I do not appreciate being attacked or harassed.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I was shocked, shocked to discover that the first comment from "Local Resident" was posted from the same IP number used by Amanda in the past, and that this IP number is registered to an internet provider that is 1,200 miles away from the Drew Bridge.

I've tried to follow the advice of "Don't feed the trolls" but this is getting ridiculous.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Local Resident

John,

I believe there may be a few pictures of the bridge while it was located next to the Hal W. Adams Bridge. However, FLDOT is notorious for refusing to make their documentations public, and therefore very rarely will you find pictures like this on Google Images or whatever.

The bridge originally collapsed due to flash flooding of the Suwannee River submerging the swing pier underwater. It was initially thought that the swing pier was destroyed, but fortunately that was not the case.

The superstructure did sustain some damage. I saw the bridge while it was next to the Hal W. Adams Bridge, and some of the members were definitely falling apart and bent out of shape. However, for some strange reason, a police officer who just happened to be driving by claimed that it was illegal to take photos of the bridge, which I know in theory is a 1st amendment violation, but I didnít want to get arrested... so yeah.

As to why it was placed back on the same pier, your guess is as good as mine. As I noted, some of the cast iron appears to have been replaced, but I have no clue why they would put a bridge already damaged back on a pier that was in danger of complete failure. My guess is that FLDOT is too busy and is spending too much money on widening short little freeways in the Miami area, and adding astronomical toll rates on said freeways, when they really donít serve a functional purpose.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 19, 2018, by Artemus

OK(fenokee)

It must have taken some clever logistics and engineering to set an historic swing truss back up on it's precarious perch in the middle of the ol' Swannee river where it sat unused for half a century. Some might suggest that the necessary resources would be better used to put the truss on display somewhere more accessible to the public, but I say "poo on that".

Thanks to local resident for filling us in on the details. Surely there are pictures of the move?

At least we now know for sure that Andrea wasn't just bullshitting about the near loss of this span.

'Scuze me - I gotta get some popcorn for this discussion.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 18, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Local resident,

Are there any pictures of the restoration and resetting process? I've not seen a bridge like this survive a fall into a river without sustaining some damage. What apparently caused the bridge to fall in? And if it fell in once, why was the decision made to have a structure in danger of imminent failure placed back on the same pier?

Drew Bridge
Posted May 18, 2018, by Local Resident

Ahem... local resident speaking.

There is no ďtrollingĒ going on here. This bridge was indeed swept off its pier by flash flooding of the Suwannee River during a large patch of severe thunderstorms, and as Nathan Holth mentions, the superstructure was temporarily relocated next to the Hal W. Adams Memorial Bridge.

The good news was that, unlike what was originally thought, the bridge did not suffer serious structural damage, and the best part was that the swing pier did not completely give way under the floodwaters, as it had appeared to. Once the floodwaters receded, myself and a few other residents went down to the river and discovered the pier was still there.

As such, the bridge superstructure was moved back and placed back on the pier a few days before Johnís visit. The bridge was essentially bolted on to the pier, so thatís a major alteration, and I gather that one or two of the cast iron members had to be replaced. Despite this, I can confirm that the bridge is indeed currently intact, albeit considered at risk for ďimminent failureĒ in any future flash flooding event, however it was not intact for a period of time and therefore no ďtrollingĒ was occurring here.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Leslie R trick

What a nice surprise sadly we can not say the same for Matt and the Auburn Bridge.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Whatís better than driving 3 hours to find a collapsed bridge? Driving three hours to find the bridge intact. It looks like it was just a ruse by a troll somewhere that reported it...

Drew Bridge
Posted April 11, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

If it sustained heavy damage, best thing Florida could do is keep the remains preserved as a landmark, with a sign that says ďthis is what happens when you ignore historyĒ. Another bridge from the ďhit listĒ to the ďshit listĒ. Itís a damn shame...

Drew Bridge
Posted April 11, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge has indeed reportedly collapsed but as I understand was salvaged and is in a fenced off area near the Mayo suspension bridge.

Drew Bridge
Posted August 16, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Drew Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Blake,

As a followup to my evaluation of this bridge's significance, I have submitted request to Florida State Historic Preservation Office to list the bridge on the National Register of Historic Places. The process moves REALLY slow, but supposedly Florida SHPO is doing its own research on the bridge as well. My hope is that a listing would increase awareness of the bridge.

Drew Bridge
Posted May 12, 2015, by Blake K. Reaves (blakekarleen2012 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am absolutely amazed at what I read about the Drew Bridge. I can honestly say that I know very little about bridges. I just knew that I had been fascinated by this old swing bridge since I was a small child and thought that it deserved some recognition, as few people in our town knew it existed. I never thought it could be one of the oldest railroad bridges in the country. The two counties really don't know what they've got sitting there in the river and I wish more could be done to preserve it.

Drew Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Good luck with your research Nathan.

Regards,

Art S.

Drew Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art,

Yes, the Clays Ferry Bridge is a bridge from the same era I believe this bridge to be from. As far as builder, it is an interesting possibility, the similarities of the portal bracing are somewhat striking. The castings and connection details are quite a bit different. It does offer a potential direction for research however.

Drew Bridge
Posted November 20, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nathan,

Based on the design cues could it be of the same period and maker as this one:

http://bridgehunter.com/ky/fayette/clays-ferry-old/

Regards,

Art S.

Drew Bridge
Posted November 19, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I visited this bridge and discovered it has cast iron struts and other fascinating details. Its unusual details and use of cast iron make it potentially one of the oldest surviving swing bridges in the USA. My analysis, findings, and photos are here: http://www.historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowse...

Drew Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Anonymous

Most likely because, at that point in time, most sailing ships either used sails of were powered by a motor and had large smokestacks that would have likey hit and damaged the bridge. That's just a theory though.

Drew Bridge
Posted March 16, 2012, by Sadie (doracline [at] aol [dot] com)

Does anyone know why it was used as a rotating bridge? Why not just have a solid bridge installed?

Drew Bridge
Posted April 24, 2011, by Blake K. Reaves

Unfortunately no preservation efforts have been made. It has been sitting in this position, untouched since the 1920's. At one point there was the idea to use it as a normal traffic bridge, but no efforts towards that have been made either.

Drew Bridge
Posted February 5, 2011, by Bubba (get14me [at] windstream [dot] net)

Have any preservation efforts been initiated?

Drew Bridge
Posted December 28, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

All I can say is wow! This may be one of the oldest and most important historic bridges in Florida. If it was moved in 1899, think how old it may be in reality.

Drew Bridge
Posted December 27, 2010, by Robert Thompson

Excellent catch!