Woods Country Cove

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Help Save Our Edison Drive Bridge


I have put this petition up in our local general store and other surrounding public places !

Help Save Our Edison Drive Bridge

The town of Bayham and Elgin council have made a decision to extend Old Mill Line to Edison Drive and remove the Edison bridge upon completion of the project in 2015. This bridge is a part of Vienna’s history .I have sent a letter to the Elgin council and Bayham as well as to the Alymer Express and Tillsonburg News in hopes that this will save our bridge or at least keep a part of it perhaps as a pedestrian crossover with in our history and heritage of this beautiful Vienna valley village we all call home .

Please sign your name and address if you would like to help save our History ,Heritage and nature of this beautiful old Edison Drive Bridge and surrounding area.

This is the letter I have sent !

I live in Vienna Ontario and just found out about the possible removal of the Edison Drive Bridge .
I am appalled at this news , for one thing it should be  a historical land mark as it is part of Vienna's history and I like to think that all the people from the past   who lived and worked in this valley village of Vienna liked this bridge and used it as their life line to get from  one side of the river to the other and how it bared up in the 2 floods that  happened in the 1800s would be shocked at this news as well , I mean just think of the stories that were told as the folk from the past  went over it in horse and buggy , with wagons filled of lumber  , the laughs the smiles  the tragedy  of the fires and floods in this village of Vienna  this old bridge saw and heard so much that it tells it's own story to all who pass over it ! .  I love this old bridge as it brings wonder of what it meant to those from the past and what it means to us now and for the future . I have seen and met up with plenty of neighbours who also enjoy going for walks over this bridge with family and friends . I to enjoy walking over it with my  dog , family and friends who come to visit who are all in awe of this beautiful old bridge and the fact that it is part of Vienna's history !  I have taken photos of this beautiful old bridge and  nature photos of the river and the surrounding area   that is still all natural and beautiful as it has not been touched by man.  It is part of  the heritage and history  of this wonderful valley village of Vienna Ontario and who knows how many times  Thomas Edison went over this bridge and what it meant to him and maybe he hoped for its long historical life for future generations   . Soon there will be no Ontario , yours to discover left if people like this keep taking away our history and our heritage no matter how big or small it may be , people like this keep taking away our historical sites , buildings , bridges  etc and it is  a shame that no one cares enough about our great province and county and all it's history and heritage that made this province and country what it is today . This valley village of Vienna Ontario is a beautiful place with lots of  history ,wonderful forests , river, fantastic nature and I for one want to keep it all this way for this is the reason we moved here and love it so much.  These small towns and villages need their history to stay alive for our future generations . There has got to be a better way then destroying it, maybe  incorporate some of it into a new bridge or even into  a pedestrian bridge only  to keep the history of this beautiful old bridge in my beautiful valley village of Vienna Ontario alive  .

                                                          Am I ticked  off about this … you betchya  I am !!!

         This village has a history dating back to 1811, but its main claim to fame is that it was the birth place of one of the Grandfathers of Thomas Alva Edison - inventor of the electric light-bulb. Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor and held over 1,000 patents. After the death of Thomas A. Edison from complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, opening his birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum became the private project of his wife and their daughter  which is now the Edison Museum in our village of Vienna !

                                                         This is the Edison Drive Bridge !


                                     Lots of us enjoy walking this bridge as it runs over the Otter river !


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                                                         Lots of beautiful nature is around this old bridge !


                     Wonderful natural scenery of the river and forest can be seen from this bridge  from season to season  !


                                 Lots of wonderful memories have been photographed on this bridge as well !



                            Even if they do go through with this as I fear they will and demolish this bridge  hopefully not the river or nature that is with in it or around it  at least they could make part of this bridge as a pedestrian walk only to the beautiful surrounding area of our river and keep a part of this bridges history and heritage alive   !

                                                                                 Until next time my friends !

                                                                                    Country Gal


William Kendall said...

It looks like a bridge with real character. Hopefully the locals will reconsider.

Anonymous said...

Our town has a wooden covered bridge that was doomed for destruction. Instead, the people sent letters and petitions and the town created a park with the bridge as the main attraction. It seems that could be done with the bridge you're referencing.

Jane and Chris said...

That would be such a shame..we do live in a throwaway society,don't we?
Jane x

Michelle said...

Sad to hear about this. I would love to walk/wander around this area and bridge.

Linda said...

Good luck....at least you are doing something about it!
Linda :o)

Kay said...

I hope you are able to save the bridge.

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that your campaign is successful and that you get to keep the bridge open. I would imagine that it could form part of a fabulous historical walking trail or something even if not kept open as a road bridge. Hopefully sense will prevail, but keep on with your campaign as otherwise nothing will happen! It looks to be a beautiful and very interesting place. xx

Primitive Stars said...

Oh no!!!! Love the bridge, would be a great loss, blessings Francine.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

another example of the horrors being wrought, in the name of progress.



Linda Kay said...

And in Europe they still have attractions that date back before 1000! We should learn from them. Good luck saving the bridge, if even for a walkway.

Knatolee said...

That's a great old bridge. I hope it can be saved!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sadly, too many landmarks get demolished in the way of so-called progress, Elaine. I hope that the Edison Bridge can be saved for future generations and for the continuing enjiyment of folks such as yourself.