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Swinging Bridge August 17, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Columbus Junction, People.
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Pastor and Mrs. Braden

Pastor and Mrs. Braden

The Swinging Bridge is for sweet hearts. First built in 1886 of barrel staves, one local legend has it that the bridge was built so that young men who lived on one side of the ravine could court two young women on the other side without having to choose between a long trip or a steep muddy climb. Over the years the bridge has been raised and lengthened. Today, it’s still a favorite spot for courtin’ or just a pleasant walk.

My guides to the bridge were Jim and Anita Braden. Jim is the pastor of Hope Bible Church, which sits just down the hill from the east end of the bridge. Transplants like me, they have taken a special interest in the bridge and its lore. A retired Navy man, Pastor Braden was right at home on the bridge as it swayed and bounced.

To get to the bridge, drive through Columbus Junction on highway 92. Near the top of the hill you’ll see a blue sign pointing south. You can drive up to the bridge entrance or do as I did and park in the municipal lot just north of the flashing yellow light.

Here are some more pictures of the bridge.

A Rare Picture of the Wapello Warbler at the Bridge Entrance

A Rare Picture of the Wapello Warbler at the Bridge Entrance

Taken from the East End of the Bridge

Taken from the East End of the Bridge

The Creek Far Below the Center of the Bridge

The Creek Far Below the Center of the Bridge

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1. Dolly Raehl - August 17, 2009

Anita Braden is my sister. I hope to visit the bridge someday.

Wapello Warbler - August 17, 2009

Thanks for checking in. I enjoyed my visit. You’ll find out about more things worth seeing with your sister if you subscribe.


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