Thursday, July 6, 2017

Abandoned Florida Bridges

Like many people I love abandoned locations. The intrigue, history, and the stories are so alluring and interesting. Since I live in Sarasota I sometimes spend many hours online searching for places to visit in Florida. So when I located three abandoned bridges to visit in 2011, I knew I had finally found some very special structures. I'm referring to the two abandoned bridges in Live Oak and the one in Wimauma. Incredible history connected to them. Trust me photos do not do them justice.

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ABANDONED HIGHWAY 129 SUWANNEE SPRINGS BRIDGE

First the abandoned historic Highway 129 Suwannee Springs Bridge is in Live Oak Florida and on the Suwannee River. It was built during the Great Depression in 1931 and abandoned in 1971 when bypassed by new bridge. If you truly appreciate history this is the ultimate place to see and experience it. Imagine all the old Chevrolets, Fords, and Chryslers that probably thundered across this bridge daily. Being here always sends a chill up my spine with excitement. I am always so fortunate when I can visit and shoot video and photos here. So far my visits to this amazing structure have been on 6-16-11, 7-28-11, and 3-13-12. It just doesn't get any better.

I shot two videos here. The first was on my initial 6-16-11 visit. The second video was on 7-28-11, with my camcorder housed on the Trail View Mount, which was attached to my bicycle handlebars. This is when I went all the way down the abandoned road off the bridge. I had no idea what was down there. I just knew I had driven too far not to see all of this area. I hope everyone enjoys these videos. I think they came out pretty well.





ABANDONED HIGHWAY 90 ELLAVILLE BRIDGE

This is old Highway 90 bridge in Live Oak Florida that is on the Suwannee River. It's also called the Ellaville Bridge. Very little detailed information is available on this bridge, but I believe it was built during the Great Depression 1925-1926, and abandoned in 1986 when the new Highway 90 bypassed this area. My visits here were July 2011 and March 2012.