Discover Florida: Dames Point

17 01 2009

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By Kartik Krishnaiyer

For fifteen years after its completion the Dames Point Bridge (officially known as the Napoelon Bonaparte Broward Bridge) was the only cable stayed bridge in the United States with a harp (parallel) stay. The bridge was contructed from 1985 to 1988 and provides a majestic symbol for Jacksonville. The bridge also was the first leg of SR 9A to be completed and connected Arlington and the East side of the river northwards towards Jacksonville International Airport and I-95 north without having to cross the Matthews Bridge and cut through downtown Jacksonville.

Fort Caroline National Memorial is also accesible via the Dames Point Bridge. Fort Caroline was the original French settlement in the present day United States in 1564. It was wiped out by the Spanish a year later as Pedro Menéndez formally founded St Augustine.