Near Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
George C. Means Memorial Bridge
Crossing the St. Johns River at Lake Jesup impacted both travelers and the environment over the years. Prior to 1900, people and goods were almost exclusively transported on the St. Johns by steamboat, with several large wharves around Lake Jesup being served. Competition from the new roads and railroads gradually led to a decline in steamboat traffic. In 1911, Congress passed an act that protected navigation on Lake Jesup. A ferry served the Geneva to Sanford road north of the current bridge. Around 1915 the road was bricked and made 8 feet wide. In 1920 the river's channel was dredged between Lake Harney and Lake Monroe, still passing around the oxbow within Lake Jesup. The first bridge was constructed in 1927, limiting navigation to passing under the turnstile drawbridge. SR 46 was widened in 1946 and a bypass channel was dug; the draw-
Erected by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Location. 28° 47.221′ N, 81° 10.986′ W. Marker is near Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on Old Geneva Road north of Florida Route 46, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at the western approach to the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Naval Air Station - Sanford (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Reid 1836 (approx. 4.5 miles away); Fort Reid (approx. 4.5 miles away); Site of Fort Mellon (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fort Mellon and Mellonville Early Hospitals in Sanford (approx. 4.7 miles away); Georgetown and Goldsboro (approx. 4.8 miles away); Hotel Forrest Lake (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sanford.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Environment •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 144 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.