Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge - St. Jacobs

Mennonite Buggy Bridge – St. Jacobs

This bridge is near the dam I posted pictures of recently. At times of high water it can be completely submerged. Below is a description from the Township of Woolwich web site.

This seven span concrete low level bridge is located west of the village of St. Jacobs on Woolwich Township Road 21.  The bridge is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Dam.  The first dam on this site was built in the 1840s to provide power for a sawmill.  The wooden dam was later replaced by a concrete structure.  The one-lane road surface is only about two feet above the normal river level, and there are no railings since the river floods at this point each year.

The current bridge was built in 1962 by members of the Old Order Mennonite community for a cost of $2,500.00; all labour was provided by volunteers.  The bridge was designed so water and ice would not do any damage in time of flooding.  Other bridges constructed on this site had been washed away or damaged by high waters.

Today, if you go to visit this bridge and the orange gates are closed; water will be flowing over the bridge surface.  The gates were installed after a dramatic rescue of a young Mennonite couple who had been swept off the bridge by fast flowing waters while crossing in a horse-drawn buggy.


8 responses

  1. This has such a beautiful softness, almost a “liquidness” to it. Lovely shot.
    — Earl

    February 10, 2014 at 6:27 am

  2. Thanks Earl!

    February 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

  3. Now you have me wondering; if the Mennonites built it — presumably mainly but not esxclusively for their use, does it have to be periodically inspected by a P.eng as is required for all other bridges in Ontario? If so, I wonder how Ontario classifies and approves such a low level bridge.

    In Hamilton, there’s the old Spring Garden “rickety” bridge over Grindstone Creek. Although low, it seldom saw water levels rise high enough to threaten public safety but it has been indefinitely closed for a number of years now.

    February 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

  4. Beautiful image and so well composed

    February 11, 2014 at 3:47 am

  5. Joe

    Beautiful capture 😀

    February 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  6. Thanks Joe!

    February 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

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