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.
Location. 29° 35.413′ N, 82° 56.14′ W. Marker is in Fanning Springs, Florida, in Levy County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 27/98, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in a wayside park, just off US 27/98. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton FL 32693, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this The History of Fort Fanning (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldtown (approx. 3 miles away); Fletcher Community (approx. 10.6 miles away); Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (approx. 12.1 miles away).
Also see . . . City of Hawkinsville Shipwreck. As mentioned in the last picture. (Submitted on April 9, 2009.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,605 times since then and 20 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.