Bridge Demolition Connects Past to Future

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

For more than 80 years the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge has connected people from two states.

"It's just been a fixture of our lives forever," Paulette Harrison said.

But just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, that fixture was gone.

"I can remember ever since I was little going across the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge. It's hard to believe it's gone now," Jordan Pickens said.

Groups gathered all along the riverbank to observe history, or just to catch a glimpse of something you don't see everyday.

The demolition was an exciting show for some, but a heartfelt goodbye for others.

"I was just a kid the first time I went across it, but I traveled it for years and years," Ellis Myers said.

"I've always been connected with the bridge because we've always lived in Pomeroy, so we've always been around. So, it's kind of sad to see it go, but yet neat to see the new one," Harrison said.

The bridge has spanned generations, and now that it's gone a new one is in place to move the community into the future.

"We're moving forward. You gotta move forward, you gotta get rid of some of your past," Pickens said.

What once served as a link between two states is now helping link the past to the future.

The bridge was built in 1928, and has recently been replaced by the new "Bridge of Honor."


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  • by Connie Location: Coolville on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Heavens, Concerned, if you're worried about the dirt that was washed off the bridge span that was dropped into the drink... just imagine how terribly dirty our river gets EVERY TIME IT RAINS!
  • by SENSIBLE Location: OHIO on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    dOES EITHER MAKE THE OTHER RIGHT, ITS POLLUTION EITHER WAY, YES IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN DONE TO DROP THE BRIDGE IN THE RIVER BUT IS THERE NOT A MORE SANTIZED WAY OF IT. IF YOU DROP SOMETHING OFF IN THE RIVER YOU'VE GOT A BIG FAT FINE, WHY ARE ALL THESE COMPANYS HAVING FAULT AGAINST THEM. IT IS ALL NASTY AND THEY SAY EVERYTHING CAUSES HEALTH PROBLEMS. NO WONDER
  • by Josh Location: Wood County on Apr 21, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    Concerned, they've always demolished bridges and let them drop into the river. I'm less concerend about that than I am the sewage plants, as well as the chemical plants that dump in the river. Frankly, the "pollutuon" from the bridge isn't as long term as the chemicals from the plants.
  • by Roxanne Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Where can I get a recorded video of the demolition? I would like to get one for my 5 year old.
  • by concerned Location: ohio on Apr 21, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    what kind of pollution can it cause letting it fall in the waters, wonder if anyone seeing it go under thought of this. Everything pollutes the water what about the dirt from the bridge.See where our pollution does comes from but because its the states its ok. I would think not
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