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Russells Point in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sandy Beach Bridge

 
 
Sandy Beach Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
1. Sandy Beach Bridge Marker
Inscription. The footbridge crossing the Russells Point Harbor was constructed in 1924 by Samuel “Pappy” and French Wilgus at a cost of $15,000 . It connected the east side of the Sandy Beach Amusement Park to eateries and other attractions on the west side. The bridge closed along with the amusement park in the early 70’s. A lack of continuing maintenance over the years led to the decking being removed in the mid 80’s as a safety precaution. While new development began surrounding the bridge, the lighted steel structure became a widely recognized symbol for Indian Lake. Having grown up in the heyday of the Sandy Beach Amusement Park, the new developer, Mr. William “Bill” Reed, made sure the bridge remained. In 2009, after his death,the Reed family teamed up with the Indian Lake Area Historical Society to revive the bridge for enjoyment by the community and visitors. Fund raising began in earnest in 2010, with contributions from generous donors and active community support. Four years later, the largest crowd in the Russells Point area since the amusement park days witnessed the dedication of the refurbished Sandy Beach Bridge and William and Marjorie Reed Memorial Walkway, on August 23, 2014. The bridge, walkway, benches, and these historical markers are all part of the theme “Bridging the Past Into the Future”. We
Sandy Beach Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
2. Sandy Beach Bridge Marker
full view of marker
hope you enjoy your visit.
 
Erected 2017.
 
Location. 40° 28.369′ N, 83° 53.655′ W. Marker is in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is on East Main Street (Ohio Route 366), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is behind the Taco Bell, at the east end of the bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 E Main St, Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boats of Indian Lake (a few steps from this marker); Sandy Beach Park (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Sandy Beach and the Big Band Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Interurban Transportation (within shouting distance of this marker); Miami- Erie Canal / Lewistown Reservoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Lady of Fatima (within shouting distance of this marker); 1913 Flood (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
 
More about this marker. this is one of eleven markers in this series
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Sandy Beach Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
3. Sandy Beach Bridge Marker
marker can be seen at a distance, at far right, near bridge
Sandy Beach Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
4. Sandy Beach Bridge Marker
detail of picture on marker
Sandy Beach Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2017
5. Sandy Beach Bridge Marker
boulder, with plaque, near the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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