This tweet from Verizon Wireless made me chuckle:
Sort of like: Famous for its prognosticating rodent, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is now recognized for finally getting a Wal-Mart.
But I'd never heard of Zanesville, Ohio or its Y-shaped bridge, so off to Wikipedia I went:
The Zanesville Y-Bridge is a historic Y-shaped bridge that spans the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. It carries the traffic of U.S. Route 40 (Main Street and West Main Street), as well as Linden Avenue. It is the only bridge in the world you can cross and stay on the same side of the river you were on.
It has been rebuilt numerous times since the 1850s. When being given directions, visitors are often struck by the statement "Drive to the MIDDLE of the bridge and turn left or right."
The first Zanesville Y-Bridge was constructed in 1814. Several iterations (some of them wooden covered bridges) were washed away by serious floods before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a series of dams and locks that now regulate the flow of the two rivers. The current concrete and steel bridge is the fifth in the series on the same location. It opened in 1984.
The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
But wait, there's more - lots more - and you can read all about it on the City of Zanesville website. Here's my favorite nugget relating to the original 19th Century bridge:
Some toll fees:
- Each foot passenger - 3¢
- Each horse, mule, or ass one year old or upwards - 4¢
- Each horse and rider - 12½¢
- Each sleigh or sled drawn by two horses or oxen - 25¢
- Each coach with four wheels and driver, drawn by four horses - 75¢
From the reading it would appear that the bridges built subsequent to the first one were built because that's what you do when a bridge falls down. However, here's what remains unclear to me about the original: Why the Y?