MD -- Annapolis -- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk (2000):
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Wikipedia Description: Chesapeake Bay Bridge
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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (commonly known as the Bay Bridge) is a major dual-span bridge in the U.S. state of Maryland; spanning the Chesapeake Bay, it connects the state's Eastern and Western Shore regions. At 4.3 miles (7 km) in length, the original span was the world's longest continuous over-water steel structure when it opened in 1952. The bridge is officially named the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge after William Preston Lane, Jr. who, as governor of Maryland, implemented its construction.
The bridge is part of U.S. Routes 50 and 301 making it an important traffic artery in Maryland. As part of U.S. Route 50, it connects the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area with tourist destinations such as Ocean City, Maryland, Delaware's ocean resorts, Assateague Island, and Chincoteague, Virginia. As part of U.S. Route 301, it serves as part of an alternate route for Interstate 95 travelers between northern Delaware and the Washington, D.C. area.
Studies exploring the possibility of building a bridge across the Chesapeake Bay may have been conducted as early as the 1880s. The first known proposal came about in 1907 and called for a crossing between Baltimore and Tolchester Beach; other proposals, occurring in the years 1918, 1919, 1926, and 1935, also called for a bridge in this location. In 1927, local businessmen were authorized to finance the construction of a Baltimore-Tolchester Beach crossing. Plans for the new bridge were made, but construction was canceled following the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Ferries were used as the main mode of transportation across the bay from the colonial period until the completion of the bridge. The first service ran from Annapolis to Broad Creek on Kent Island roughly where the bridge is today. In 1919 the Claiborne-Annapolis Ferry Company began running ferries between Annapolis and Claiborne, a community near St. Michaels. In July 1930 ...More...
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2000 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 2000, I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. The scaffolding that was being used on the Washington Momnument came down in March so you'll see it disappear this year. In 2000, I took three weeks and drove across country in my new Saturn station wagon -- taking the northern route through Montana and other places, arriving in San Francisco (a place I'd always wanted to visit), and then returning via a southern route. The cross-country drive meant that I took pictures in a 20 different states (an annual record for me) as well as one foreign country.