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Old Sluice Bridge

I didn’t even know this stupid old bridge was still in place.  It’s been out of use for decades. This bridge connected the Springdale Community, South Eastman Road, to Long Island.  Eastman Road then went across the Island to another, long gone, bridge that went right into Eastman.  I once lived in Springdale, but we didn’t have a car then, so I wasn’t at all familiar with these bridges.  If we caught a bus to town, we went via Wilcox Drive. My buddy, though, who lived in Edgewood, vividly remembers his school bus easing by oncoming traffic on this bridge. It’s only about 17′ wide (and about 220′ long).  This is looking toward Springdale.  It’s still pretty sturdy, but the piers are starting to crumble.  There was no date plate on either section.
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Here’s an aerial shot of Eastman from the late 40s or so.  It shows the bridge I mentioned above and you can also see a little bit of Edgewood Village in the upper left quadrant.
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