Ghost Bridge

There’s a bridge over the Seekonk River, off the Fox Point neighborhood in Providence, that has been stuck in the open position since being abandoned nearly 40 years ago.

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Some call this the Crook Point Bascule Bridge.

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Some call it the Seekonk River Drawbridge.

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Many call it the Ghost Bridge for its sense of abandonment.

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Moonie, of course, calls it the Whee Bridge.

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The very first day Moonie came into my life last April, I’d dedicated that sunny afternoon to exploring Fox Point, taking photos of pretty things and quirky things. I love climbing out onto the Ghost Bridge, which is a little sketchy thanks to rotting railroad ties leading out to it and to an insistent, ever-present wind threatening to blow one off-course, but which affords nice views and a mix of peacefulness and the thrill of adventure. That afternoon, I heard what I’d thought was an inanimate toy say his very first word. From inside of my pocketbook, I distinctly heard Moonie’s little voice shout, “Whee!” And then out popped that spiky little pink head.

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Moonie has had many more chances to say whee, as he can find fun in anything, but we’ve made a number of trips onto the Ghost Bridge since last spring, and we’ve always enjoyed the view from Moonie’s Whee Bridge.

There’s always a strong breeze to run through his pink locks.

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And there’s always graffiti to look at, which changes a bit with each trip.

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There’s always an interesting view of the Seekonk River flowing past way down below, visible between the railroad ties.

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And there’s always an interesting walk back to level ground while battling breezes and sometimes very wide gaps in the ties and beams.

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He may act tough, but Moonie always looks happiest, and a little relieved, when he’s back on the shore – just in time to ask when we can go out on the Ghost Bridge again.

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Soon, little dude. Soon.

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