A bridge by any other name...


The Swinging Bridge opened to the public without ceremony on Oct. 18, completing a nearly three-year process.

A ceremony had been postponed as the Cottage Grove City Council deliberated on an official name for the reconstructed bridge.

Originally named “Currin Bridge” in 1965, the bridge came to be known colloquially as the “Swinging Bridge” due to its characteristic undulations as part of its design.

As reconstruction neared completion and the possibility of a new name was floated, efforts were made to locate the Currin family or its descendants, however they are thought to no longer be in the area.

A public survey was also conducted and several names were suggested, the most popular votes landing on the inclusion of “Swinging Bridge” and “Currin” in the name.

On Oct. 14, the city council voted unanimously to name the bridge the “J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge” after its original benefactor.

A ceremony will be held Nov. 30 to commemorate the opening and new name.

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