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Thomas, I found an article from 1963 mentioning the abandoned barge. A young man drowned trying to swim to it. I could not find anything on the origin of the abandoned barge.
There used to be a partially sunken barge in the river near the bridge for years. I was a child at the time and I would see the barge in the river whenever my family and I would cross the bridge on the way to visit relatives nearby. The image has haunted me all these years and I really want to know the story behind it. Apparently it has been removed since then.