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Breaking ground for Bridgeton

Friday, January 13, 2006

After complete destruction from arson in late April 2005, the 137-year-old Bridgeton Bridge is on its way to being rebuilt.

Parke County Commissioner Jim Meece was the main speaker Thursday evening at the Groundbreaking Ceremony held at the sight of where the Bridgeton Bridge once stood.

During the ceremony, Meece thanked thousands of monetary donors from all across the United States for their generosity.

Meece also took the time to thank all those who have given items to be raffled to raise money for rebuilding efforts. One item that was mentioned was a pre-arson photograph of the bridge donated for raffle from a gentleman in Illinois.

According to Meece, the Bridgeton Bridge was one of the most photographed sites in Indiana.

Remaining timbers of the bridge were cut and stamped with a brand that commemorated the bridge. Those timbers were among items sold to raise money for rebuilding.

Top photo: A view of where the Bridgeton Bridge once stood in Parke County.

Bottom photo: People involved in raising funds for the new bridge were asked to raise a model as a way to celebrate the start of the new bridge.

Meece said during the ceremony, "(The new bridge) is not a substitute for the something that was there. It is not a replica of something that was there. We are building (the new bridge) because we want a covered bridge."

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