Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater
There are two pedestrian suspension bridges in the Gardens. These bridges are replacements of the original structures. Each spans approximately 120 feet. The bridges are constructed with concrete bases at either end, limerock anchors for the steel cables, and paired reinforced concrete masts at the ends. The bridges spanned land rather than water. Under the bridges, Whitewater Branch was channeled underground with limerock and concrete dams, culverts, and a spillway. A 40 to 50 foot area under each bridge was filled with soil and plantings. The bridges have been reconstructed, and only the concrete masts are original.
The amphitheater was developed in 1939 at the junction of the branches in response to the needs of the Miss Azalea Pageant. It is basically unchanged. The seating area, across the Gardens loop road, consists of eight arced terraces delineated by low limerock walls leading uphill. The terraced stage has limerock walls at three levels and stairs at the center of both sides. You can follow in the footsteps of
Erected by Florida State Parks.
Location. 29° 38.042′ N, 81° 38.658′ W. Marker is in Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Twigg Street east of South 18th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located within Ravine Gardens State Park, along the gardens loop road, overlooking the subject suspension bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palatka Waterworks (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Native Americans at the River (about 600 feet away); Ravine State Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civil War and the Ravines (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Garden Center History (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hammock (approx. one mile away); Putnam County WW II Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
Regarding Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater. Ravine Gardens Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #99000694 (1999)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.