Eau Gallie Bridge to the Beach

Eau Gallie Bridge to the Beach (HM1FRX)

Location: Little Falls, NY 13365 Herkimer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 1.01', W 74° 48.155'

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The first wooden bridge from Eau Gallie to "Eau Gallie Beach" was started in 1924. The bridge was formally opened in February 1926. Soon after John R. Mathers began plans to build a bridge from the barrier island to the tip of Merritt Island. That bridge, spanning the Banana River was completed in 1927.

The Eau Gallie bridge frequently caught fire. Joe Wickham, who was chief of the volunteer fire department, recalled that during one period the bridge caught fire 16 times in a two week period. The fire engine's brakes failed on one occasion as it went across the bridge. It slammed into the palmettos on the other side.

Wickham resigned as fire chief after having his sleep disturbed so frequently.

The first wooden bridge was replaced with a bridge/causeway in 1955 and dedicated to Dr. W. J. Creel, a pioneer physician. The present bridge was completed in 1988.
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 10:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 516086 N 4762703
Decimal Degrees43.01683333, -74.80258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.01', W 74° 48.155'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 0.6" N, 74° 48' 9.3" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4356-4534 I-90, Little Falls NY 13365, US
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