DIVERS BRUN'S BRIDGE 1975
Video submitted by Harry O'Toole
The photo of this bridge, at flood stage, posted in the "comments" section, really adds perspective to the volume of water that can pass thru this location.
I too am a member of the Bruns Family. My Great Grandmother was Anna Bruns-Schuchart who grew up in the Big House (Bruns House). She was the youngest of 10 children of Johann & Margaret Oeltjenbruns (later changed to Bruns - 1880).
I am submitting a photo of the Bruns Bridge at flood stage taken before 1940, as well as two photos of the Bruns House as it looked before 1900.
This bridge holds a lot of memories for me and my family. I remember my great aunt Elizabeth’s 90th? birthday and the family reunion. I can recall going to this same bridge well as the old house near the bridge and hearing all of the great stories my grandmother, Shirley Ray Bruns, had there when she was young. Such wonderful memories! I feel proud that this legacy still lives on and will forever be a part of my family even though my grandmother and mother are no longer living.
This bridge scares the crap out of me! A friend of mine jumped off of it and drowned in may of 08. Him and his other friends used to go there all the time and jump off of it but this time was bad. I went to the bridge about a year ago and there was a noose hanging from the very top of it, which shocked me because i dont know how anyone could have got it up there. but i heard that many people have hung themselves at the bridge. i will never go near it again. r.i.p. vernon r foree
my best friend died here.
My brother and I visited this bridge a few weeks ago, I remember when in school hearing the other kids talk about hanging out here. school kids still congregate to this spot judging by the empty soda cans and food wrappers. It's a very neat bridge indeed. Whilst there my brother took this profound picture of a flower growing up through the deck, enjoy!!
This bridge is a landmark for all who grew up in this area. The name we all knew it as was "Big Bruns' Bridge". The name given because of an old woman, Elizabeth Bruns, and her family who have lived many years in this area raising cattle and farming the land. She is over 100 years old now and ,I believe, still lives in the same house very close to the bridge.
Several of us kids used to jump off this bridge (late 80's) into the water below. If you were brave (stupid) you jumped off the top spans. The river was about 9ft. deep under the bridge so it was quite the adventure. There are many good memories in this area and this bridge holds many for a lot of people who grew up here. It was a gift that they simply bypassed it with a new concrete structure instead of dropping it and cutting it up for scrap.
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