THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Farewell to a Special Bridge
Issue Date: September 26, 2019
It wasn't the typical celebration Sept. 20, people came together to say good-bye to a bridge. Through its four large culverts, this bridge has ushered the North Branch Beaver Creek under 25th Road in the Town of Beaver since the 1950s. The Creek usually flows gentle and shallow from its origin under a grand White Pine several miles to the west. But in spring with the snowmelt or after days of heavy rain, it becomes too much for those four rugged veterans and the road floods. Now, the bridge and the road north and south will be replaced, but not without farewell.
The bridge holds different memories for everyone who attended the farewell. From all directions, three generations of the Stephen and Josephine Nowak family attended, along with friends, cousin, and neighbors. Some came by school-bus or motorcycle, some came by utility vehicle towing a trailer, and some came by car or pick-up truck. Some simply paused in wonder as they drove by. Others stopped to share in the celebration. "We used to watch cows along this bridge," someone said. "The horses drank here," another added. One kid chimed in, with a giggle, "Yeah, I earned five bucks in a bet when I walked through the culvert. I still feel the cobwebs on my face." "Oscar and Tom laid those stones around the culverts," an old-timer pointed and remembered, "Now they're both long gone."