The Mystery Bridge has been solved!

Update February 1, 2022: I know the answer. If you read this yesterday, scroll to the bottom!

I have been known to spend way too much time trying to find an answer to something that might not be all that important. In my defense, sometimes it is important, like when I am researching New Deal buildings or other historic items. And sometimes, kind of like a dog with a bone, when I have already invested a lot of time and effort into it, I just want to know the answer. Even when I decide I have spent enough time on it, I can be found taking “just one more look” for it after a bit of time has passed. It is a curse, and it is a blessing, and that brings me to this bridge.

I love all kinds of bridges, and while I prefer to stop and take the photographs, sometimes it is just not possible. I have photos of any number of bridges taken when I was the passenger during a trip because I also love the view of the bridge as we approach. Most of the bridge photographs have enough context in the photos I have taken before and after to enable me to locate information about it or I remember the bridge. The information on the photo says May 8, 2006, at 10:48 p.m., Nikon. It is a lone photo, with nothing before or after seemingly connected, and I cannot locate this bridge between Taylor, Mississippi and Bosque County, Texas on any road that I could have taken between here and there, nor any information about it on Bridgehunter or Historic Bridges websites. Obviously, it is not 10:48 p.m. in the photo, so I also considered the photograph was taken earlier and imported from files on a different computer, which I did when we moved to Mississippi in 2003. Thus, I also considered all the driving trips we took between 2001 and 2006. No bridges like this one.

What I did find was a bridge that looks like a twin, the Thousand Islands Bridge between New York and Ontario. I have never been there, so it is not a photograph of this bridge.

Thousand Islands Bridge, photograph by King of Hearts, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Photograph taken from Ontario, looking South toward US.

The Thousand Islands Bridge was constructed in 1937-1938 by the American Bridge Company. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Mackenzie King were among the dignitaries at the dedication of the bridge, linking Collins Landing, NY with Ivy Lea, Ontario (Marion Progress, Sept. 8, 1938, p. 6.

I also considered that the bridge no longer exists today and has been replaced, but since I cannot narrow down even where it is let alone the exact year, that muddies the water under the bridge.

If anyone out there has seen this bridge, let me know where it is. If nothing else, I will find another twin to my bridge!

Updated 02/01/2022 section:

Just kidding; this is not the mystery bridge

I had an epiphany when Thomas Rosell responded about the bridge photograph indeed being the Thousand Islands Bridge. I went back into my photos file, and the two photographs just prior to the bridge photo were two that I knew my friend had sent me. I compared the information on all 3 photos, and the first two were taken earlier than the bridge photo and with the same camera details. On a hunch, I compared my photo of the same day taken at my house, and the camera/lens did not match, but my photos taken just after her three photos did.

I knew my friend had sent me the photos of street art, but I thought they were ones she took on her trip to Puerto Rico, so I had discounted this bridge being one of her photographs. Then, after TR confirmed it was the Thousand Islands bridge, I contacted her to ask her, and she said she thought she remembered crossing the bridge and would check. Her husband confirmed they were indeed there, crossed the bridge, and that was the camera make and model they had when she took the photograph. That explains how the picture came into my possession, and since I take a gazillion bridge photographs all the time, might explain why I mistakenly assumed it was my photo. I then looked up the information on the street art photos, and it referenced a Canadian artist.

Let that be a gentle reminder to me to check my memory (and my assumptions) of things that occurred some while ago. I had corrected the image in my software to be straight, because now that I have Lightroom, I can. The original photo was at an angle, as one might expect. I have to correct all my bridge images taken from a moving vehicle from leaning sideways.

On that note (and my compelling urge for transparency and full disclosure when I err), I removed her photograph, which I had altered.

But the good news is:

Once again, I have demonstrated my willingness to admit I am wrong and correct it, and my ‘almost Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes’ problem-solving skills. Just saying, I love Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.

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20 Responses to The Mystery Bridge has been solved!

  1. peggy says:

    A mystery for sure. Sorry I can’t help you with this bridge. Good luck.

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  2. Betty says:

    I do hope you find this bridge. I wish I could help. Do credit cards keep records that far back where you could look to see if you made a purchase around or on that date? That’s the only thing I can think of. Good luck!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at emails, and diaries, and found nothing that far back; not sure about credit cards. To me, logically the bridge is somewhere going east, or else where there is deep water, like on the coast. I even looked there! The good news is I have been super productive today on my house projects, given that I gave up on the bridge…for now. πŸ™‚

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  3. peggy says:

    I did some searching of bridges in Arkansas, but just could not come up with info on your mystery bridge.

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  4. I think you’re correct about it being the Thousand Islands Bridge. The truck is of a Canadian company, and the details down to the warning sign that is clipped at the bottom match the Google street view to a T. I guess maybe the question now might be how you ended up in possession of the image.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Well now the mystery is even more bizarre! I was unable to make out the information on the truck–I tried checking the plates, etc., but they were too blurry when enlarged, and of course, truck plates do not tell you anything because they drive all over! This is very curious indeed.

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  5. Great sleuthing! I’m glad you stuck with figuring it out and that you shared it with us!

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  6. janebye says:

    So happy the mystery of the bridge was solved! πŸ™‚ That was a fun trip for us but no telling why I sent you a crooked bridge photo. Maybe we will all have to meet up there one day. πŸ™‚

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    • Suzassippi says:

      This was the weirdest experience! You would think that my not remembering where the bridge was would have been my first clue, especially with it in Photos right after the two I “knew” were from you! Most camera lens do distort the image when it is really tall or really large. It is still a great photo!

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  7. janebye says:

    There are advantages to being like a dog at a bone. πŸ™‚ LOL

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  8. Beth says:

    Great detective work – isn’t it fun! I can’t seem to write any posts because I spend my writing time researching, researching, researching and looking at way too many old photographs. I have to think that there is a great deal of satisfaction in tracking down something and then expanding what else you can find!

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  9. I am glad that you solved that mystery! It is a beautiful bridge regardless of where it is, or who took the photo.

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