From the Archives, February 19, 2023

Explorer Island Bridge

Nothing particularly exciting this week, just something you don’t normally see–Explorer Island Bridge from the air. This is the most current bridge, currently named the Johnny Garrott, Jr. Bridge. It is hardly the first bridge though.

Until the 1990s, virtually every incarnation of the bridge was built of crossties. Periodically the bridge rotted and collapsed and had to be replaced. Between camp in 1992 and 1993, the last cross tie bridge collapsed. Metal girders were erected and slowly the current bridge took shape over the next decade.

Though debris filled today, from the 1960s until the 1990s, the passage was kept open. It was used a goal for mile swim, canoeing, and rowing out of Parnell Bay. Today its is the home of a duck blind and a wide variety of turtles and, occasionally, a fresh water oyster.

Explorer Island Bridge, 2013
Explorer Island Bridge from the air, December 31, 2013

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