Swinging  Bridges,
Reminders of a
Simpler Time

Though Manchester and Clay County are bent on looking forward and progressing toward a bright new future, Clay Countians everywhere keep in their heart romantic images of their past. Nothing evokes such notions as do the county's numerous swinging bridges across Goose Creek, Red Bird and the South Fork rivers. The brooding colors of this old bridge over the Red Bird near the mouth of Bar Creek are the very stuff of soulful memories, and are worth seeking out as you drive around the county. A good many of the bridges remain, but many have succumbed to aging and are continuing to do so year after year. Keep your camera handy as you pass these reminders of a simpler time. It may be your last chance.