Craig Memorial Bridge
Looking South as You Cross the Bridge
Now we’re crossing the Maumee on the Craig Memorial Bridge. Named in memory of Second Lieutenant Robert Craig, a local World War II veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor.
As we cross over the Maumee River look to your left upriver at the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge (formerly Cherry Street Bridge). This is a double-leaf Bascule bridge located where Cherry Street crosses the Maumee River to become Main Street on the east side of the city. This is the third bridge erected at this location.
Designed by Arnold W Brunne and constructed by Osborne Engineering of Cleveland, Ohio, at a cost of just over $1 million, construction began in 1910 and the bridge was opened to traffic in 1914. Original designs called for the control houses to be constructed as very tall towers that would be lit up and used for navigation beacons for incoming ships but due to funding constraints the towers were not added. This postcard shows how the design would have looked had they not run out of money.
Now let's turn left on Summit, left on Elm, right on Water Street, right on Cedar. Pull over at Cedar and Summit.