Photographic Journeys Trabajo nº 38831

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Trabajo nº 38831 Photographic Journeys

Fecha de publicación
Jul 9, 2011 @ 00:44
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Jul 22, 2011
Número de palabras
Narrator, Smooth
Rango de edad
Middle Aged (35-54)

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Tourists visiting Southern California are never short on sightseeing options, but none of those have a dreary name like the Colorado Street Bridge, which is known to locals as the “Suicide Bridge.” The bridge was designed by engineer John Drake Mercereau, who built this 1,486-foot long structure out of concrete and steel in 1913. It stretches over the Arroyo Seco (“dry stream”) canyon and carries with it the elegant look of neoclassical French Beaux-Arts architectural style. Through centuries, various features were drawn by architects from French and Italian Baroque, Rococo, Impressionism and Realism artistic styles. Combined, they produced a unique blend of elements that make up the foundation of Beaux-Arts architecture. The Colorado Street Bridge has many distinct characteristics of this style – numerous arches adorn the open spandrels throughout the entire length of the bridge, resting atop of soaring arched ribs, which connect its numerous pillars. Its curved deck is contained by two elegant rows of balustrade, with classical multi-globed street lamps lighting up the sidewalks at night. In the years following its completion in 1913, many people chose to end their life by leaping off the bridge, which gave it its infamous name – the “Suicide Bridge.” The very first incident occurred in 1919, and from there on, there have been many more cases, with a noticeable increase in the 1930′s, during the Great Depression. Historians estimate that the total number of people who took the plunge off the bridge is anywhere between 100 and 200 to date! The bridge is 144 ft tall, which is roughly an equivalent of a 13 or 14-story building. However, its height is not the only thing that’s blamed for such a large number of suicides. The Colorado Street Bridge, according to locals, is also haunted… An unfortunate premonition occurred right before construction was completed in 1913. For some time now, a story had been circulating about a worker who fell to his death into one of the concrete shafts which was dug out to support one of the bridge’s pillars. We’ll never know if the story is true or simply a myth developed by human imagination, but it is said that the ghost of this man appears to suicidal people on the bridge and somehow lures them into jumping off. Yet, Yet other visitors claim that they heard strange noises coming from below, and saw mystical shapes moving around at nightfall. After so many fatal leaps off the “Suicide Bridge,” a barrier has been added to prevent more people from jumping off. However, to this day there are still occasional suicide reports being received by the local police. Between 1989 and 1993 the bridge was temporarily closed and retrofitted for increased resistance to seismic activity. Since its reopening, a local historic preservation organization Pasadena Heritage has established a large-scale bi-annual summer festival called the “Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge.” This festival draws thousands of people and offers entertainment for all ages – live music, dancing, food and libations, a classic car show, kids activities, and much more. For additional information about this fun-filled festival, visit the official website of Pasadena Heritage.

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