I love exploring select abandoned locations when I find them, but cautiously and safely. Being stupid and reckless can get you hurt, arrested, or worse. No one should ever assume that nothing can happen to them. The intrique, history, and the stories are intoxicating. Since I live in Sarasota I spend many hours online searching for interesting abandoned places to visit in Florida. So when I located three abandoned bridges to visit in 2011, I knew I had finally found some very special places. I’m referring to the two abandoned bridges in Live Oak Florida and the one in Wimauma. And the history connected with these structures make them more incredible. To be honest this is my kind of tourism. No crowds. No bumping into people. No long lines. No high ticket prices or expensive parking fees.
Both the bridges in Live Oak were built around 1926, then abandoned in roughly the mid 1980’s when new sections and bridges bypassed both of these areas. What is fantastic is the superb condition of both structures. Just incredible. Yes rust is on much of the metal pieces, but only surface rust. There is nothing here that is like the horrible and unsafe condition on many older bridges throughout the U.S. When visiting I could just imagine all the Chevrolets, Chryslers, Packards, and Fords rumbling back and forth for many decades. Also worth noting is that Suwannee County still allows access to both these historic structures, so many can experience and enjoy them, Being able to document and share these structures with others is fantastic. Suwannee County definitely deserves a huge applause for allowing these to be open to the public.
My first visit to the Highway 129 Bridge in Live Oak was June 2011, second visit was July 2011, third visit was March 2012. What stands out here is the graffiti. This is rural or country folks graffiti so obscene is almost non-existent. I only saw two things in the adult themed department. Beyond exploring the bridge here the road going north is even more intriquing. Basically it’s walking down into the unknown. Overgrown and spooky, you find yourself winding along and unable to see around the curves, so your heart races with excitement but apprehension at the same time. It’s quite the adventure.
And now for the other bridge in Live Oak on old Highway 90. My first visit here was July 2011, and the second was March 2012. My second visit I discovered how to come up to the bridge from a different road. That allowed me to see more of the bridge and surrounding area. Many might not realize that this area was frequented by confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Evidence can still be seen along here.
My visits to the abandoned Highway 129 Bridge in Live Oak Florida were on 6-16-11, 7-28-11, 3-13-12, and 5-11-15. My other visit to the abandoned Highway 90 Bridge in Live Oak was on 7-28-11, 3-13-12, and 5-13-15. Both were built in the early 30’s and abandoned in the mid 80’s. Imagine all the old Chevrolets, Fords, and Chryslers that thundered across these bridges daily. When I visited these structures they always send chills up my spine with excitement. I’m always so fortunate when I can visit and shoot video and photos.
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Both bridges sit on the Suwannee River. And the water level was very low on all my visits. And the most important thing to remember when exploring is to be on constant lookout for snakes, bees, and wasps. I have a habit of reminding people of these when I leave comments on photos and videos. Hope everyone gets to see all my videos here. I think they came out pretty good. Take care
ABANDONED LITTLE MANATEE RIVER TRESTLE BRIDGE
My visit to the abandoned historic Seaboard Air Line Little Manatee River trestle bridge was on 12-3-11. Around 3pm. This adventure was an interesting one. Remains of this single span railroad trestle still remain. It was built in 1903 in a little town called Willow which was abandoned in the 1930’s. The bridge is on private property There are only two ways to get to it. One way is virtually impossible, and the other way unsafe and dangerous due to a bad, low income, Hispanic neighborhood on a dead end street.