The Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Courtesy of Phil Friden

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Wanakena Footbridge

Courtesy of June Worden

Ice dam devastation

Ice dam devastation

January 2014

Damage to our beloved bridge

Damage to our beloved bridge

Ice Dam devastation

Ice Dam devastation

Damaged beyond repair

Damaged beyond repair

Submerged remains

Submerged remains

Submerged remains

Submerged remains

Removal of the bridge

Removal of the bridge

The Wanakena Footbridge was constructed in 1902 and spanned 171 feet across the "Oswegatchie River", in the hamlet of Wanakena.

 

It was originally built to provide a crossing for the employees of the Rich Lumber Company to reach the lumber mills on the opposite side of the river.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, and was a beloved landmark of the entire Clifton-Fine Community.

 

In January of 2014 the bridge was damaged beyond repair, when an ice dam let loose upstream  and collided with the bridge, twisting and  tearing it from it's supports on the shores of the river.

 

 

Immediately afterward, the ENTIRE community (far and wide)  started a massive fundraising campaign to rebuild and restore our beautiful, and beloved footbridge, and to" rebridge the gap", that the missing bridge has left in our community, and our hearts.

 

Read all about our progress on the Wanakena Footbridge by

 

clicking HERE!

 

 

or to make a donation by

 

clicking HERE!