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Old Wooden (Main Street) Bridge

Rolla

 
 
Old Wooden (Main Street) Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 15, 2019
1. Old Wooden (Main Street) Bridge Marker
Inscription.  The exact date of construction of the Main Street bridge is unknown. Based on old Rolla Express newspaper ads, it was in existence by 1862. Available records point to a less than reliable past. During its first fifty years, the bridge was condemned and rebuilt at least three times by Frisco crews. Despite "bad press", the bridge served more than a functional purpose for the citizens of Rolla. Touted as "Rolla's Greatest Summer Resort" it served as a location for individuals to congregate to enjoy the breezes, a rendezvous point for couples in love and a setting for summer concerts for the "Old Town." In 1997, Burlington Northern proposed removing the bridge to eliminate further maintenance of the structure. However, at the request of the City of Rolla, the two organizations partnered to convert the bridge to a pedestrian walkbridge, thus saving one of Rolla's last remaining Civil War era landmarks.
 
Location. 37° 56.814′ N, 91° 46.361′ W. Marker is in Rolla, Missouri, in Phelps County. Marker is at the intersection of North Rolla Street and West 4th Street
Old Wooden (Main Street) Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 15, 2019
2. Old Wooden (Main Street) Bridge Marker
, on the right when traveling south on North Rolla Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 North Rolla Street, Rolla MO 65401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edgar D. Lanning (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Our Sons and Daughters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phelps County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Fort Wyman (about 400 feet away); Veterans Circle (about 400 feet away); Phelps County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Central Elementary (about 600 feet away); Campbell Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rolla.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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