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The History of the South Park Bridge

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Hands Across the Duwamish

On Saturday, April 17th, 2010 the community of South Park gathered together to create a human chain across the Duwamish river on the deck of the failing South Park Bridge. In an effort to raise awareness of the imminent closure of the South Park Bridge, about 332 neighbors formed a line on the sidewalk holding hands across the major arterial that connects Georgetown and South Park. The South Park Bridge is scheduled to be closed permanently on June 30th at 7:00 PM and at the time of this rally, there is no current funding plan to replace it.

The Story of the South Park Bridge

A 14-page historical paper was created by UW student Lauren Smith. If you’d like to read the article you can download the pdf here.

The first South Park bridge, a wooden swing bridge spanning the Duwamish River, opens on Sept. 3, 1915

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New Bridge Construction Unearths Prehistoric Archaeological Site

Around 1,000 years ago, the main channel of the Duwamish River flowed about 350 feet south of the existing channel, and the ancestors of the Duwamish people lived on the banks of the river. This channel had become an oxbow, or a U-shaped bend in the river, and was filled in during the early 20th century. Was hired to dig several excavation pits west of the old bridge approach in search of archaeological materials such as shells, animal bones, stone tools, and hearths. All of the artifacts that were found were analyzed before going to the Burke Museum.

Wake Held For South Park Bridge Closure

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South Park Bridge Murals

sma's mural at the south park bridge

Artists covered the old South Park Bridge with murals to transform the defunct infrastructure into a new work of art. The art will become a memory as the old bridge ramps are taken down in 2013.

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South Park Bridge From Wikipedia

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Crowds bid goodbye to the South Park Bridge

By Susan Gilmore, Seattle Times staff reporter

The 79-year-old South Park Bridge closed Wednesday night, but it didn’t go quietly.

Thousands of residents and business owners lined the bridge for one last walk across, led by the Duwamish Tribal drums. The bridge was supposed to officially close at 7 p.m. — after two historic Metro buses drove across — but the closing was delayed for 15 to 20 minutes as the crowd followed bagpipers across the bridge.

John Dickinson draped pink netting across the bridge in honor of his great-great-grandfather Samuel Bevan, who was the last mayor of South Park in 1907 before it was annexed to the city.

Link to article and video of wake