Peninsula Reflections

Bridging the gap

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2008

 

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  Photo by Mary Ford

On hand for the ribbon cutting from left to right are, Roger Meeks, Francis Meeks, Louisa Miller, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Stan Thompson, Ludy Link, Enid McLane, unidentified, Nels Kjelstad, Helen Fisher, Mayor Elson, Sue Carter, Louise Rhodes, Caroline Kleineick, Sylvia Johnson and Sylvia's granddaughters. -- Mary Ford with the Kenai Historical Society.

Photo by Mary Ford

Kenai Mayor James Elson, left cuts the ribbon to open Meeks Crossing in 1976. The metal footbridge links the pathway that starts on the bluff next to the Bay Arms Apartments, crosses the creek below and ends at the beach.

 

Photo by Mary Ford

The original bridge had been used almost daily by Roger and Francis Meeks and many others, but when the city needed to divert the creek, it eroded the pathway and made it unusable. The Meeks petitioned the city to provide a crossing and they complied. The little bridge needs leveling from time to time, but it is still in use.



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