Fanning Springs Bridge

Fanning Springs Bridge (HMBL7)

Location: Fanning Springs, FL 32693 Levy County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 35.413', W 82° 56.14'

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The Fanning Springs Bridge was built by the State of Florida.

In 1934 it was officially named the Benjamin Chaires Bridge in honor of a prominent pioneer settler of Dixie County.

Located 29 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, it held the distinction of being the southernmost Suwannee River crossing.

When the bridge was completed residents from surrounding areas were so jubilant that they staged a square dance on the structure to celebrate the occasion.

Because the bridge does hold historical significance, this section of the bridge, which was one of four spans which was needed to cross the Suwannee River, was erected by the State for use as a monument.

It still bears the original plaque inscribed with Stephen Foster's memorable song "Way Down Upon the Suwannee River."
HM NumberHMBL7
Placed ByFlorida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 8:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 312528 N 3274943
Decimal Degrees29.59021667, -82.93566667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 35.413', W 82° 56.14'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 35' 24.78" N, 82° 56' 8.40" W
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Area Code(s)352
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18020 NW Us Highway 19, Fanning Springs FL 32693, US
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