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  • Paul Strasser

I FOUND THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE!

The widest section of the bridge

As you start walking up the crumbling red brick road, your feet sort of give because of the loose red pebbles…

As you start walking up the crumbling red brick road, your feet sort of give because of the loose red pebbles…soon you start to see old rusted medal and then more medal until you come up to this seemingly dead end with No Trespassing signs.

You become intrigued and just have to step over the rusted barricade. Almost as soon as you make those two steps over, you are taken back in time. You can almost hear the honk honk of a Model T as it bounces down the road. You stepped back in time to the 1920’s and the Hillandale Housing Development in Euclid, Ohio.



As you walk a few more feet, you are all of a sudden in the middle of this overwhelming canopy of trees. I would describe it as an upside down bubble and fortress with the color of green all around you as you look up. The feeling that comes over you is a calming peace but at the very same time, a spooky wired feeling

like what the hell is this place?


After a moment of looking around, you realize it’s dead quite.. the only things you hear are birds chirping and the rustle of leaves from squirrels. After I got my barrings, I said to myself…Crap! “the Bridge” I found it! ..I put my camera up to my eye and just started snapping…one after the other – click, click, click. I could feel my heart pounding because I realized I was (one) in a place I shouldn’t be and (two) The freaking place is falling apart! and I had no idea if I was going to fall through something!


After a moment of looking around, you realize it’s dead quite.. the only things you hear are birds chirping and the rustle of leaves from squirrels. After I got my barrings, I said to myself…Crap! “the Bridge” I found it! ..I put my camera up to my eye and just started snapping…one after the other – click, click, click. I could feel my heart pounding because I realized I was (one) in a place I shouldn’t be and (two) The freaking place is falling apart! and I had no idea if I was going to fall through something!

This bridge was meant to connect the street to a housing development that was planned and ready to go …then came the Great Depression of 1931. All work stopped and it sat, untouched. After the Post WWII boom, no developer ever picked up the project and moved it forward.




The bridge still stands (well, parts of it anyway) and is amazing. Why has it never been demolished? I have no idea, it is dangerous, slippery and a lot of metal sticking out of the ground. It looks like its been used as a home for some. When processing the images, I left the electric wheelchair in the images…see if you can spot it in any of the images.

When exploring, there was one section I wouldn’t go close to… the access door to the bridges maintenance room. It was dark and like I said, the place seems to have been home to some. What ran through my mind was – dead body, snakes, bats or just a guy looking to rob me. I guess it’s a good thing for me that I don’t have any money but a bad thing for me that I left my gun at home. Lets just say, I wasn’t there to invite trouble. So I took some long shots instead.

After spending time in the past, my experience was great and I was amazed by this gem in my backyard…Funny thing is, some people who have lived near it didn’t even know it existed. It’s worth a visit if you like going back in time. Below are all the images. Enjoy!

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