Saturday, October 27, 2012

Across the Bridge in a 1946 Dash

After WWII my Grandfather bought a new, 1946 Nash. WWII war effort had stripped the country of any meaningful raw materials, especially chromium, and our new 46 Nash came with 4 x 4 wooden bumpers. Eventually the chrome bumpers came – much later. My family; Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad and baby sister and me, age 7, left home from Miami early one Sunday morning going to see President Truman’s little White House in Key West. Along the way were many of the connecting bridges from Jew Fish Creek to Key West. Each major bridge had a very little concrete structure where a toll collector charged each car a dime; yes, 10 cents to cross the bridges.

What a ride to and from Key West with stories being told since my folks had settled in Miami in 1922. During my life I have looked forward to crossing the seven mile bridge; whether the old bridge many times, or the new bridge many times, solely for the enjoyment of looking down on Pigeon Key and remembering my first crossing and the spectacle of Flagler’s work camp as it was without any changes as I remembered as a 7 year old child riding across that long bridge, The Seven Mile Bridge.

I do hope some day many other children now crossing Pidgeon Key will be able to tell their Grandchildren about their first crossing on the Seven Mile Bridge.

John Breedlove