Photo taken by Paul Miller
BH Photo #108028
I was here yesterday (10/29/17) and there are no trespassing signs all over the south side of the bridge.
This bridge (also known to the locals as "Helen's Bridge" or Zealandia's Bridge) was built in 1909 as part of a driveway access to the Zealandia Castle located on the crest of Beaucatcher Mountain. Legend has it that a nearby home belonging to a woman named Helen caught on fire killing her only child...a little girl. The woman was so distraught over what happened that she hung herself on the bridge. The ghost of Helen has been spotted on-and off for a number of years.
The bridge had been in danger over the years of being torn down. When Beaucatcher's Cut (part of I-240) was being dig in 1976, the fear was that shockwaves from the blasts would cause the bridge to crumble. The bridge was shored up with scaffolding while work on the cut was done. The scaffolding remain in place until 1999 when preservationist worked on restoring the bridge for foot traffic.