Each Sunday Unknown Mami gives us the opportunity to show off the places we live. Drop by and check out all the interesting cities. Better yet, show us around the place you call home.
This week I'm taking everyone back to my hometown of Charles City, Iowa. We just got back from a vacation there, and seeing as how nothing new is happening around here, I thought this would be an excellent time to introduce you all to "The New Bridge".
I'm not a big fan. I think most of that is due to how many fond memories I have of the Swinging Bridge. Unfortunately, the original bridge was destroyed in a flood over 3 years ago. You can click on the link above to view photos of the original bridge before and after the flood.
When you step back and take an objective look at the new bridge, it makes a fine replacement. In fact, esthetically, the new bridge is nearly a twin to the old one. Problem is, it doesn't swing. Welcome to the new area of safety, and I'm sure that was probably a requirement for them to get some FEMA money. Still, I feel like all the fun has been sucked out of crossing this bridge. I used to hate that swing when I was little. The bridge always felt like it was going to do a little loop de loop. Still, now that the bouncy feeling is gone, there's no character to the bridge. There's nothing that makes it unique or special.
The generations that grow up with this new bridge won't understand it, but my generation and those that remember the old bridge will probably always miss it.