William D. Lewis | posted Nov 13th 2011
The Silver Bridge in Mill Creek Park has been a favorite of park visitors for generations.
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While it is a truly picturesque bridge, it really isn't that old. The bridge was totally rehabilitated about 30 years ago and it is no longer a functioning suspension bridge. The bridge was converted to a 2 span steel beam bridge. That is why their is a solid pier in the middle of the creek. A suspension bridge, by its very nature, doesn't need midspan support. The existing silver iron you see is purely ornamental. Now, the original stone abutments were reused and are still functioning but their would be no reason for the massive stone dead anchors at the back spans from the suspension span. That being said, it is wonderful that they were able to maintain the image of an old suspension bridge and didn't just scrap the pieces. A very artful bridge, to say the least but not very old.
This bridge saved my uncle from being shot by the Germans in WWII. Wonderful story I will never forget.
Nice ! Excellent video quality.
Wonderful footage! Special memories of my husband's marriage proposal (and then our fall wedding photos) on the beautiful bridge. No matter the "history" a lovely, unexpected treasure when traveling through the park!
Brown,Tell us part of the story. I know your uncle life was not saved by a bullet glancing off the suspension bridge.
I recall my mom dropping myself and buddy frank at volney fields early in the morning about 1968.. I was 10 and told mom that franks dad was picking us up later. she said be home by dark.. lived in brownlee woods. walked down paths and creeks and what older kids told us where bears lived and down some beautiful rock formations and this wonderful bridge was right in front of us..went across bridge to large open area where many older kids with long hair and colorful clothes were hanging out with a distinctive sweet smell in the air.... made it home by dark.. was a great day... love that bridge
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