Monday, August 28, 2017

Ashtabula, Ohio: Bridge Street

If there's a place on the waterfront called Bridge Street, you can bet there's a bridge on it. And here it is - crossing the Harbor that connects the Ashtabula River to Lake Erie.

The bridge was constructed in the 1920s, I believe, and still works. Apparently it is raised every half-hour or so in order for boats to pass through.

Ashtabula is a classic Rust Belt city, which means it has seen better days. It used to be heavily involved in heavy industry because of its port facilities, although that has declined in recent years. The industrial heritage meant that a lot of pollution was left behind, and they are still working with that legacy.

The civic leaders are trying to establish an historic district down by the bridge. There are a few shops there including some restaurants. It's a nice start, but it has a ways to go yet.

By the way, Ashtabula right now is proud of being the home town of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Signs have been posted around town that salute him.

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Ashtabula, Ohio: Smolen-Gulf Bridge

Every town in America has a claim to fame, and this might just be Ashtabula's.

Here's a photograph of the longest covered bridge in the United States. In fact, there are only a few larger in the entire world.

This is a relatively new structure, according to the signs in the adjoining park that overlooks the structure. The bridge was build in 2008. It goes over the Ashtabula River, which wasn't too mighty when we saw it as a bit of water headed north into Lake Erie.

Be sure to get out of the car and take a walk at least part way over the bridge. There is a "lane" for walkers on the side of the bridge, and the architecture is quite interesting as these things go.

If you are going to visit, I'd bet October would be the month to see it.

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