We hold onto some things for their charm, even after they’ve outlived their usefulness. Who really needs a fireplace to heat their house?
That was the case with the Sunset Beach Swing Bridge, which was the only way for visitors to reach Sunset Beach, North Carolina, until 2011. When this 500-foot single lane pontoon swing bridge was replaced by a modern bridge, residents didn’t want to say good-bye to their beloved bridge. Brunswick Island locals fought to save it and were able to relocate it. It’s now a community gathering place and museum with videos, artifacts and photos.
– Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief