January 31, 2016
2255 UNITED STATES (Florida) - Dames Point Bridge
The Dames Point Bridge (officially the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, built between 1985 and 1989. The main span is 396.2m, and is 53.3m high. The cables are arranged on multiple vertical planes in a slight modification to the harp stay arrangement. Until 2003 it was the only bridge in the United States to feature the harp stay arrangement. It remains one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the US, having 34km of cable.
This bridge had been proposed for more than 30 years, and nearly was started in the 1970s, but an economic recession caused it to be shelved. The bridge design was modified to increase the height above the water from 48,8m to 53,3m. It was officially named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (1857-1910), a former governor of Florida and all-around character. Besides his political career, Broward was a daring sea captain, and was known to run guns to the Cuban revolutionaries.
About the stamps
Two of the stamps are the ones issued in 2013 for the series Civil War Sesquicentennial, about which I wrote here. The other stamp is part of the series Harry Potter, about which I wrote here.
Dames Point Bridge - Wikipedia
Dames Point Bridge - John Weeks' website
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 11.10.2015
Photo: D. Stanfield