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William Odell Spain Photographic Collection
[Submitted by Jan Orndorff]

The Hobucken Bridge -- Gateway to Goose Creek Island

An article written by Odell Spain, The Drawbridge at Hobucken was published in The Pamlico News, April 26, 1995, on page 9, containing stories about this bridge.  This hand-operated swing bridge was built and completed in 1929, by the Roanoke Iron and Bridge Works, Inc., Roanoke, VA.  Some of the first bridge tenders were Noah Baker, Ben Harris and Alvie Fulcher.

The old Hobucken Bridge sitting on a barge underneath the new high rise bridge, Gene A. Potter Memorial Bridge, in preparation for being towed out to sea.  The old bridge was taken to Oregon Inlet and then taken another five miles off-shore to serve as an artificial reef, providing a habitat for fish and other sea life.  [see an aerial view of the new bridge]






This article was sent to Odell Spain by Gladys Ives Sadler Holton in her letter dated January 10, 1995.  Gladys is the daughter of Mary Williamson Ives (1910-1988) who wrote this article.

2011 Kay Midgett Sheppard