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Picturing the Past 135: Old Duck River bridgePosted Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 9:46 AM
Looking toward the north on the bridge over Duck River on South Cannon Boulevard in Shelbyville in late 1969.
You likely sat in traffic, either as a driver or passenger, seeing this northward-looking view many times.
I remember that bridge bounced, and you could feel it shaking. Today's wide Veterans Memorial Bridge shakes, too, just not as much.
Remember what it looked like? Seems like it was silver for many years and was painted a dark green in the 1970s.
One thing that surprises me is that the old bridge was retained when the urban renewal program led to almost everything around it being torn down. Anyone remember why it wasn't replaced as well? Lack of additional money or funding?
Veterans Memorial Bridge replaced this bridge in the mid-1980s.
I've had two questions from readers for which I don't have answers. Maybe you can help.
1. When was Nashville Dirt Road paved? One reader thinks it was in the early 1970s.
2. How did Coney Island Road get its name? I'm guessing it was named after the Coney Island area of New York City, but what was the local connection?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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