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Harden family restored Old Footbridge over Pelham Branch

A Bridge with Memories: Much of structure is original, but wooden parts replaced. It's almost completely restored now, with just a few loose ends left to do

By Margaret Harden

I was delighted to see you had put the bridge to my old home place on Columbia Magazine.

Back last fall there was a picture put on there and since then I wanted to restore it. My husband David and our grandson (Blaine Harden) completely restored it a few days ago.

There are still some loose ends to tidy up, but it is mostly finished.

This is my old homeplace and growing up there on the farm before my husband and I purchased it in 1991 we never had a way to cross except the foot bridge.

I can remember when the bridge was totally washed out by a flood and my dad Richard Smith replaced it all with the steel beams.

We used the same steel beams; however replaced all the wood.

This little bridge has fond childhood memories to me and that is why I wanted my husband to restore it.

Again, thanks for sharing the memories - Margaret Harden

This story was posted on 2012-02-20 04:17:05
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The View from Richard Smith Family Footbridge

2012-02-20 - Pelham Branch Road - Photo by Ed Waggener.
It a peaceful view upstream from the Richard Smith Family Footbridge, right now, but later, the spring rains can turn the little branch - which joins mighty Russell Creek just a few yards down - into be a deadly torrent. The stream occasionally floods Pelham Branch Road, the road above. David and Margaret Smith Harden and their grandson Blaine recently rebuilt the footbridge from which the photo was taken.

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Scenic Adair County, KY: View up Hood Cemetery Road

2012-02-20 - Hood Cemetery Road, off Pelham Branch Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Across Pelham Branch Road from the Richard Smith Family Foot Bridge is a remarkable scene, the gracefully curving Hood Cemetery Road. It's a County Road, but in Adair County, it's kind of a given that one respects the privacy of the residents and only goes to visit the cemetery or close friends and relatives along the way. Still, it's hard not let the imagination of the incredible vista from the top provide the impetus to climb it. There's probably not a harder hill for a hiker or a cyclist in Adair County.
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