Because it's there . . .
From urban exploration to different types of creative expression, to simply viewing it from afar, the residents of Providence regard the Crook Point Bascule Bridge with a certain reverential respect. Graffiti is not the only way that Providence residents experience the Crook Point Bascule Bridge. When trumpeter Doug Woolverton and I were seeking iconic photogenic locations in Providence, RI, the "Ghost Bridge" instantly came to mind.
Designed by the Sherzer Rolling Life Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois, the Crook Point Bascule Bridge was constructed over the Seekonk River for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad in 1908 (Sherzer 1908). The original total length of the bridge was 913 ft., creating a clear waterway of 90 ft. when the bridge opened to a 64-degree angle.
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