Fanning Springs in Levy County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fanning Springs Bridge
In 1934 it was officially named the Benjamin Chaires Bridge in honor of a prominent pioneer settler of Dixie County.
Located 29 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, it held the distinction of being the southernmost Suwannee River crossing.
When the bridge was completed residents from surrounding areas were so jubilant that they staged a square dance on the structure to celebrate the occasion.
Because the bridge does hold historical significance, this section of the bridge, which was one of four spans which was needed to cross the Suwannee River, was erected by the State for use as a monument.
It still bears the original plaque inscribed with Stephen Foster's memorable song "Way Down Upon the Suwannee River."
Erected by Florida Department of State.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 29° 35.413′ N, 82° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton FL 32693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The History of Fort Fanning (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Oldtown (approx. 3 miles away); John Franklin Beach, Sr. (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Crystal Ice House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Trenton's Compass Rose (approx. 7.3 miles away); Coca Cola Bottling Plant (approx. 7.3 miles away); Manatee Spring (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,968 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.