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The Bridge That Love Built
The Bridge That Love Built

In 1885 a structural engineer took work on a bridge in Goderich, Ontario. Little did he know, he was about to meet the women who would later become his wife and in the courting process, build her a beautiful bridge that would later be deemed "The Bridge That Love Built".

 Across the Maitland river from his job site, in one of the most scenic spots in Huron County, lived the Ball Family. After becoming smitten with one of the Ball family's daughters, the engineer built one of the most captivating bridges so she could cross the Maitland river without ever having to get her feet wet.

The bridge, appropriately named Ball's Bridge, is technically known as a  two-span pin connected Pratt through truss, which boasts an intricate geometric shape further contributing to the beauty of this ancient creation.

Known to locals as "The Bridge That Love Built", this beautiful structure has become a romantic destination for couples, bird watchers, nature lovers and history seekers.

A Historical Site
A Historical Site

In 2006 the bridge was deemed unsafe for today's heavy modern vehicles and was closed for use. As discussions to tear down the bridge began, the community united in an effort to save this piece of history, preserve the story behind it and restore it for light weight vehicle use once again.

 In 2007 the community successfully restored the bridge and had it designated a Heritage Property. The bridge was honoured with a Provincial Heritage Plaque and the story lives on to be told and shared within the community and surrounding area.

The photos featured in this article were taken by Nathan Holth of HistoricBridges.org after the restoration and plaque erection in 2015.

 

 

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