Bridge to Nowhere (no, not THAT one!)

This is another picture of the bridge I posted about here. My curiosity got the better of me, so did some googling and found out the following:

The bridge is known as the Bellaire Bridge, or the Bellaire Toll Bridge. According to this site, it was built as a private enterprise in 1926, and is a great example of a “cantilever truss” bridge. When it opened in December 1926, the toll was a nickel, and 7000 cars lined up to cross it.

Picture from 1936 (above) and sometime later (below) from here.

This is how I remember it looking in the mid 1960’s.

The bridge was closed to traffic in 1991, and the roadway to the Bellaire side was torn down. It was purchased by a contractor named Roger Barack who has done nothing with it, though the Coast Guard wants it torn down.

And more Bellaire Bridge trivia:
An even more amusing note: it turns out this is the bridge which Special Agent Clarice Starling (played, of course, by Jodie Foster) crosses in an aerial shot toward the end of The Silence of the Lambs, on her way to investigate a lead in the fictitious (though strikingly believable-sounding) town of Belvedere, Ohio. (Une femme’s note: the movie was released in 1991; they must have filmed right before the bridge was closed and the Ohio entrance demolished.)

Personally, I think this bridge is a thing of beauty and should be preserved. I’m guessing that puts me in the minority.

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  1. September 12, 2008 / 12:57 pm

    It’s an interesting sight. But rusty things sometimes annoy people, so I understand why some want to take it down.

  2. September 12, 2008 / 1:25 pm

    Oh!I love 19th and 20th century industrial architecture. We have all Bernd and Hilla Becker’s books. Had no idea this was an interest of yours. Lovely post, thank you!

  3. September 12, 2008 / 11:10 pm

    Wendyb – yeah, I can understand too. My mom says it’s “embarassing.” I think it would make a great subject for a photographic essay.

    duchesse – I’m not aware of those books, but I’ll definitely look for them.

  4. citizen spot
    September 13, 2008 / 5:30 am

    I think it would make for a nice documentary

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