Old Bridge, Suwannee River, Florida

by Brian Cofer May. 03, 2015 3458 views

The Hillman Bridge was completed over the Suwannee River in 1926 for the brand-new U.S. 90, that for a half century would serve as a major east-west route across America that would connect Jacksonville, Mobile, New Orleans, Houston and San Antonio with points farther west. It seems incredibly hard to believe now, but this super-narrow bridge continued to carry this cross-country traffic until 1973, when Interstate 10 was finally completed a few miles to the south. Local traffic continued to use the bridge until 1986, when a new bridge was finally built just yards to the south. Nowadays the Hillman Bridge hangs on as a local attraction that's part of Suwannee River State Park.

There aren't too many of these used any more, but I've driven over a few bridges of this width and vintage, and they're a real white-knuckler, even in my little Honda.

I'm a little sorry that I came so early in the year. I can just picture this place in the summer months, so incredibly lush and fecund and green. But then again, the whole idea makes me feel incredibly hot and sweaty.

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Stormfish 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm betting there is no infrastructure budget left to make this a safe place again...

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Patsy Abbey 4 years ago

Wow! This is really neat. What a treasure to find.

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Jacki 4 years ago

Great old iron bridge!

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Larry Sample 4 years ago

Bridge looks shaky. Your photos do not!

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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years ago

Interesting set!!!

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