This suspension footbridge with very lightweight double-warren pony truss stiffening that is topped with pole railing is an attractive addition to Garfield Park. The bridge has very short and relatively simple concrete towers for the suspension cables. These cable are embedded in the abutments which double as anchorages. The stiffening trusses extend away from the bridge on the outsides of the towers, but as this section is not part of the bridge proper, they serve a decorative and railing function only. Decorative pillars that are shorter than the towers are located at the ends of the bridge. The bridge seen today appears to be original and fairly old, judging by the concrete and the stiffening trusses, however it does not appear to be the original Garfield Park suspension footbridge. The below ca. 1912 photo of a footbridge in the park shows a very similar bridge, however with stone abutments instead of concrete, different tower appearance, and no decorative pillars at the ends of the spans.
Above: 1916 postcard of bridge.
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