Friday, March 13, 2009
Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania: Kinzua Bridge
A moment of silence, please, for this bridge. This is the famous Kinzua Bridge, checking in at 306 feet high. It was the world's highest railroad bridge at the time it was built in 1882. A railroad used to give rides over the bridge until it was ruled unsafe for such tourist adventures.
The story does not have a happy ending. While state leaders were figuring out what to do with the bridge and whether it was worth fixing, a storm came along and knocked most of it down. Tourists can still see some of the remains sticking out of the ground now.
But I prefer to remember the bridge the way it was when I saw it, shown above, back in 2002.