Over the past two days I’ve had the pleasure of working beside many folks from the N.C. Zoo and local community to salvage as much of the bridge as can possibly be saved. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of the Zoo’s Maintenance Department, Horticulture Department, arborists and administration we’ve been able to pull nearly the entire structure from the site’s surrounding woods and river bank. Other folks putting forth a generous hand were Mr. Harold Hogan and R & H Motor Lines of Asheboro. We still don’t know what will ultimately result from this effort. Ideally, we’ll be able to restore the bridge using much of the original lumber. Until we can retrieve the entire structure and assess the damage, we simply can’t say if the bridge will be restored or not.
This brings me to my next point. As
word of the loss of the bridge spread some folks decided it would be a good idea
to take pieces of it home for posterity’s sake.
Trying my best to not judge people, I’ve chosen to assume that these
individuals didn’t realize the bridge may be restorable.
Thus, they saw no harm in taking home a few pieces to put on the mantle.
However, with the vision of restoring the structure slowly coming
together it is becoming increasingly important that the entire bridge be
accounted for. So my request is
this: If you have part of the
structure of the
The N.C. Zoological Society has taken the lead in planning for the site’s restoration, and hopefully the bridge’s. If you have questions or comments you can reach them at (336) 879-7250. If you would like to make a donation please send your check to the N.C. Zoological Society, with a reference to the Pisgah Bridge Walkway Restoration Fund, 4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, N.C. 27205. If you’re unable to give financially, please don’t let that stop you from helping out in some other manner. Wouldn’t it be great if the community were able to save this important piece of its heritage?