Construction workers rehabilitating a Delaware County bridge were in for a blast from the past when they found an apparent piece of the bridge’s history lodged in a concrete pillar.
Town Marshal Shannon Henry said crews were using a jackhammer to break up concrete at Bridge 701 along Water Street in Albany last week when a tattered slip of paper encased in a glass jar fell out. Though the glass didn’t withstand the fall, a worker picked up the paper, at first thinking it was trash.
“List of last crew working on this bridge,” the note read, followed by a list of 17 names of people — carpenters, cement finishers and laborers — who supposedly worked on the structure between July 1938 and June 1939.
This snippet of history will soon be framed and placed on display in the town’s municipal office.
You can read the full story in an article by Audrey J. Kirby in the Muncie Star Press at https://tspne.ws/2Nyg2yV.
My thanks to newsletter reader Margaret Ott for telling me about this story.