Cars cross the old Duck River bridge in downtown Shelbyville. (Photo submitted by Sheila Allen)
Several generations of Bedford Countians crossed the old Duck River bridge on Cannon Boulevard in downtown Shelbyville, which was torn down for today's Veterans Memorial Bridge in the 1980s.
Here's the old bridge in what appears to be the late 1930s or early 1940s, seen again thanks to a photo brought in by Sheila Allen last week.
This is well before my time, but I'm guesstimating this is looking toward the north and today's floodgate area at South Cannon Boulevard and West Holland Street. At far left is an Esso sign which may have been connected with the square building with a porch visible behind the cars. What looks like a house is behind the Esso sign.
A street goes to the right in front of the gas station; another house is on the left side of the street. On the right is a building with what looks like bars on a window.
Look closely at the billboard at right. Some of the words, "STYLE...get...FORD" are visible. If it could be determined when Ford did an advertising campaign using those words, then we'd be able to figure out approximately when this photo was made.
This photo was actually found discarded some years ago in Shelbyville's city dump. It looks like it was cut from a photographer's proof sheet.
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