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Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater

1933-Today

 
 
Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
1. Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater Marker
Inscription.  The natural ravine was developed into Ravine Gardens in the 1930s by the City of Palatka and the Federal Government. The suspension bridges and amphitheater built at that time have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Suspension Bridges
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
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
Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater Marker (<i>wide view; amphitheater behind marker on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2019
2. Suspension Bridges and Amphitheater Marker (wide view; amphitheater behind marker on left)
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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 the beauty contestants by strolling the U-shaped walkway on the lower level.
 
Erected by Florida State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsCharity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas.
 
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. Marker is located within Ravine Gardens State Park, along the gardens loop road, overlooking the subject suspension bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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
Ravine Gardens Suspension Bridge (<i>wide view; original concrete mast visible on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 13, 2013
3. Ravine Gardens Suspension Bridge (wide view; original concrete mast visible on left)
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hammock (approx. one mile away); Bartram Trail in Putnam County (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)
 
Ravine Gardens Suspension Bridge (<i>deck & cable view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 24, 2010
4. Ravine Gardens Suspension Bridge (deck & cable view)
Ravine Gardens Amphitheater Stage (<i>"U"-shaped walkway visible around bench</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 24, 2010
5. Ravine Gardens Amphitheater Stage ("U"-shaped walkway visible around bench)
Ravine Gardens Amphitheater Seating (<i>arced terraces delineated by low limerock walls</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 11, 2014
6. Ravine Gardens Amphitheater Seating (arced terraces delineated by low limerock walls)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 6 times this year. 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.

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