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October 20, 2021

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Did you ever cross this Bluffton bridge?

If you are, say 50 or younger, you may not know the location of this photo. Icon viewers 50 and older recognize it as the East College Avenue bridge, looking toward Harmon Field.

Paul Diller took this photo on a foggy morning in the fall. Who knows, perhaps he even posed the farmer on his tractor.

Some things to notice:
• One wooden sidewalk on the north side of the bridge
• No curb or additional sidewalk anywhere in sight
• Although College Avenue is paved, it appears that it could use a upgrade

Any idea on the model, make and year of the tractor?

And, can you image the weight limit on that bridge?

Hard to believe - this bridge carried the Bluffton College football team across it every home game in a Basinger Furniture truck in the 1950s.

(Photo from the collection of Jim Diller)