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I have read that the Edison Drive Bridge in Vienna, Ontario is to be torn down as of next year. I also read on a website http://www.historicbridges.org/ that this bridge is a historical landmark. This is what I wrote to them as well to Bayham and Elgin Councils!

I live in Vienna, Ontario and just found out about the possible removal of the Edison Drive Bridge.

I am appalled at this news. For one thing it should be a historical landmark as it is part of Vienna's history. I like to think that all the people from the past who lived and worked in this valley village of Vienna liked this bridge and used it as their life-line to get from one side of the river to the other, and how it held up in the two floods that happened in the 1800s, would be shocked at this news as well.

I mean just think of the stories that were told as the folk from the past went over it in horse and buggy, with wagons filled of lumber, the laughs, the smiles, the tragedy of the fires and floods in this village of Vienna. This old bridge saw and heard so much that it tells its own story to all who pass over it!

I love this old bridge as it brings wonder of what it meant to those from the past and what it means to us now and for the future. I have seen and met up with plenty of neighbors who also enjoy going for walks over this bridge with family and friends.

I to enjoy walking over it with my dog , family and friends who come to visit who are all in awe of this beautiful old bridge and the fact that it is part of Vienna's history!

I have taken photos of this beautiful old bridge and nature photos of the river and the surrounding area that is still all natural and beautiful as it has not been touched by man. It is part of the heritage and history of this wonderful valley village of Vienna, Ontario and who knows how many times Thomas Edison went over this bridge and what it meant to him, and maybe he hoped for its long historical life for future generations.

Soon there will be no 'Ontario, yours to discover' left if people like this keep taking away our history and our heritage no matter how big or small it may be. People like this keep taking away our historical sites, buildings, bridges, etc. and it is a shame that no one cares enough about our great province and county and all its history and heritage that made this province and country what it is today.

This valley village of Vienna, Ontario is a beautiful place with lots of history, wonderful forests, river, fantastic nature and I for one want to keep it all this way for this is the reason we moved here and love it so much. These small towns and villages need their history to stay alive for our future generations.

There has got to be a better way then destroying it. Maybe incorporate some of it into a new bridge or even into a pedestrian bridge only to keep the history of this beautiful old bridge in my beautiful valley village of Vienna, Ontario alive.

I hope there is a way this bridge can be saved!

Elaine Wood

Vienna

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