You'll definitely need to know how to swim!

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© Susan Littlefield
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After the JPG meet up in St. Louis, Jimmy and I travelled to Bennett, IA (pop. 400) to visit his cousin and her husband, and to see his 95-year old uncle. Larry and Charlene took us on a tour of the area, and one notable stop was the Sutliff Bridge, aka the Bridge to Nowhere. The great flood of 2008 amputated the eastern most span. The raging waters of the Cedar River slowly and in a torturous way, removed a piece of history during the morning hours of the 13th of June, 2008. The wreckage was later found over 500 feet downstream and removed from the river. The bridge now looked like that “Bridge to Nowhere” the former Alaska governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate had been touting. If Ms. Palin wanted a “Bridge to Nowhere,” this would be the place to go- at least as long as it will remain like that. The majority of voters as well as the county commissioners in April 2010 voted to spend approximately $2 million to rebuild the bridge. The reconstruction plan consists of rebuilding the eastern span exactly the way it looked like before it ended up in the Cedar. The trestle approach and the flooring system on the two standing structures will also be reconstructed. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2013.

THANK YOU so much Frank Summers for spotlighting this shot AND for the nomination for Photo of the Week!!

18 responses

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (5 May 2012):

    cool shot

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (5 May 2012):

    totally cool! i love the bridge sign humor.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (5 May 2012):

    Brilliantly seen and captured---love the story

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (5 May 2012):

    Right in line with your warped sense of humor......LOL! Love it.

  • Barbara Huffert

    Barbara Huffert gave props (5 May 2012):

    This is great!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (5 May 2012):

    Interesting story.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (5 May 2012):

    that is a little scary..... great shot....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (5 May 2012):

    Interesting history on the bridge and a great capture!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 May 2012):

    Interesting narrative and picture...

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (6 May 2012):

    Gorgeous!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (6 May 2012):

    As JamesHarmon said, "Brilliantly seen . . . " WTF? I don't see nuthin'!!! It's invisible! LOL

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (7 May 2012):

    Yipes! Amusing & nice composition.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (7 May 2012):

    That sign if hilarious, very interesting history , great shot too, Susan

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (9 May 2012):

    Oh the power of a raging river !! A terrific narrative and capture of this remarkable site..!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 May 2012):

    What a cool find and capture. I love how you composed this. Thank you for the lesson.

  • Julianna O'Brien

    Julianna O'Brien said (10 May 2012):

    LOL that's lovely!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (14 May 2012):

    Excellent find and capture, Susan! I love the disclaimer.

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (31 May 2012):

    Another great capture.

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