Mentor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mentor Lagoons Water Trail
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Natural Shoreline of Lake Erie
The Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve's 1.5-mile shoreline represents the longest stretch of publicly accessible natural beach in Ohio. Because it is one of the last remnants of a wild beach in the state, it harbors a very specialized plant community...
Bridge to Nowhere
In 1928, the Lake County Commissioners started construction of this bridge to link Lakeshore Boulevard with a new housing development advertised an an "exclusive summer colony." The stock market crash of 1929 forced the Mentor Harbor Company to fold and ownership of the property reverted to the B&O Railroad. Because the road leading fom, and to, the bridge was never built, this bridge had nowhere to go. Long referred to as the Bridge to Nowhere, it has been featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not, as the only bridge that has no beginning and no end.
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Creatures of the Lagoons
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Believe It or Not series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 41° 43.541′ N, 81° 20.331′ W. Marker is in Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is near the entrance to the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8365 Harbor Drive, Mentor OH 44060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marsh Settlement (here, next to this marker); Mentor Lagoons (a few steps from this marker); Mentor Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fairport Harbor Lighthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fairport is an Excellent Harbor (approx. 3.8 miles away); La Salle Expedition (approx. 3.9 miles away); Rose Capital of the Nation (approx. 4 miles away); Railroad Connection (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mentor.
Also see . . .
1. Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve. (Submitted on November 4, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Bridge to Nowhere. Architectural Afterlife. (Submitted on July 19, 2020.)
The bridge was removed in 2014.
— Submitted July 17, 2020, by Wendy Friday of Gibsonton, Florida.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,702 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 4, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.