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Swinging Bridge

November 24th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

There’s a swinging bridge in Halstead’s Riverside Park. It bounces, it sways. Not a lot, but it does move.

“It moves, but it’s not going to fall down,” said Susie Aber, Halstead native and our personal tour guide.

“What if we got 300 kids running across it?” I asked.

“It’s been done,” she said. “There’s not much to do in a small town, so it’s been done.”

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Halstead (pop. 1,873) is in Harvey County.

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Historic note: The 1955 film “Picnic,” written by William Inge of Independence, was filmed here in Riverside Park in Halstead.

Now that I’ve seen the park in person, I want to watch the movie again.

There’s Susie, walking across the bridge, Dave in the background.

Jim Aber crosses the bridge over the Little Arkansas River. After repeated flooding, the city built that dike. There’s a sidewalk along the top of the dike.

That’s the swinging bridge off in the distance.

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  1. tport
    November 25th, 2008 at 10:12 | #1

    That bridge looks almost exactly like the one in Outlet Park at Melvern Lake.
    Were these common in KS at some point or did Mr Hinshaw have some sort of production facility?