August 16th, 2012


Mile High Swinging Bridge in NC

OK, it was a month ago that we were here… It was the Sunday activity of the Con and most of went there.

The Mile High Swinging Bridge at Ggrandfather Mountain is, of course a mile high as you an see in tone of the pictures. It was built in 1952 and rebuilt in 1999. It doesn't swing very much; it used to before - in fact the first winter a bunch of flooring boards were blown away by the swinging and some more cabling was added. I liked a lot of the cabling details that you can see in some of the pictures.

Click here for some pictures

Excerpt from a news report about the bridge:
And from all the stories in the papers, I got the impression that the Mile-High Swinging Bridge spanned a chasm one mile deep. You can imagine how I felt when I came up here and saw it for the first time and observed to my surprise that the Mile-High Swinging Bridge actually hangs about 80 feet above the ground.

It is calculated that six million people have come up here to see the Mile-High Swinging Bridge. How many of them would have made the trip if it were advertised as the Eighty-Foot High Swinging Bridge?