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Bailey Island Bridge
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Bridges, TransportationEra: 1920-1929DateCreated: 19281958 Harpswell Islands RdHarpswellState: MEZip: 04003Country: USAWebsite: Edwards, Llewelyn

Hardy fishermen and their families have long inhabited Bailey Island, which was settled in the 1720s. Ordinarily, they did not mind crossing to the mainland in their fishing boats. But before the Bailey Island Bridge was built, during certain seasons of the year when violent storms battered the coast, it was impossible to leave the island.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Swruler9284 (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: A panoramic view of the length of the Bailey Island BridgeEra_date_from: 1928
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