Residents of this island community awakened Tuesday to find themselves permanently connected to the Texas mainland for the first time. They also simultaneously witnessed the last operation of the swing bridge, which for more than four decades swung horizontally along the water to allow boats to pass on the Intracoastal Waterway. Engineer James Grayson, who helped design the swing bridge, said it never was supposed to become a landmark. Forty-one years later, we got to it. Marilyn Morgan, whose father operated the bridge for more than 37 years, followed by her son for five years, was the last driver across the swing bridge before it was opened for good.
1977 Press Photo Warning sign at Quintana, Texas swinging bridge. - hpa11326
Modjeski and Masters | Quintana Beach Bridge Design
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Quintana Beach Bridge, Freeport, Texas
Beach towns often have an ever-changing cast of residents and businesses. Debbie was a single mother when she moved to Quintana from recession-hit Kalamazoo, Michigan in early She came to help her brother Jeff operate a small bar and burger joint called Jeff's at the Jetties.
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