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BRIDGE & PARK
WAIT FOR A SHORT BRIDGE"
The illustrations on this page are
from a book published in October of 1938 titled "Restoration
& Protection of Fire Island" by W. Earle Andrews, Civil
Engineer . Andrews was hired by Robert Moses of the Long Island
Park Commision to present Moses' vision of a causeway stretching
from Bayshore to Hampton Bays. Included in the proposal was a
permanent bridge and park at Smith's Point. Now a bridge and recreation
area for Smith's Point was nothing new even in 1938. The
big idea goes as far back as 1910 with Fred Quimby and his ill
fated Tangiers Manor Corp. Grandiose plans for Smith Point
had come and gone just like the temporary wood bridges that did
get built over the years and then swept away by the January ice.
It's obvious by the size and completeness of this book, (which
I found here in Nashville by the way ) that it had been in the
planning for some time, but the occurence of the hurricane of
1938 a month before it was published contributed a great deal
to it's persusavive photo sections and it's arguments for "Doing
Something Concrete" while there still was an Island left
to do it to.