This bridge at first glance looks like the swing bridge that was built here in 1935. All the fasteners on the bridge are bolts, and in addition what appears to be a pier from a previous bridge appears to remain in place immediately west of the current bridge. As such one might assume this is a replacement bridge. However, Anthony McCormack contacted HistoricBridges.org and provided the following information:
You are correct that this is not the "original" bridge, but it is the original structural steel used. Most of the rivets were replaced with bolts during various upgrades in the 60's, and completely replaced during a massive rebuild and widening in the 70's. I grew up on 12 O-Clock Point Road, and remember the temporary bridge built, beside the current bridge on the original bridge foundation from 1880's restored for that purpose, and maintained in case there was a need to bypass the bridge.
I remember picking up cut off rivets on the ground during those times. I also remember a resident, Hag Richardson, who was in his 80's in the 70's, talking about the big job they were doing, and reusing some of the lumber they were replacing road bed. It still has a lumber road bed under the paved surface. Ray Maxwell started the corner store there, which was bought by the Randy and Anna Turner in the early 80's. Most parts of that bridge are original pieces, and as such can still be considered heritage. I hope they never change it, but as time progresses, I feel they will as Highway 33 is so busy. I have seen many accidents on that bridge, mostly cars hitting the steel structure and rolling over. The steel is so heavy, it withstands impacts with ease. There was a huge farm tractor that had the towing implement strike the bridge, resulting in very little damage, yet ruining the tractor and cultivator.
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