Six Express Interest in Taking Old Cape Bridge

AUGUST 14, 2006 - Posted at 10:09 a.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The effort to give away an old bridge draws six takers.

Cape Girardeau County wants to give away the last steel pony truss bridge that sits on a county road where it has set for about 70 years.  Commissioners have not said when a decision will be made.

Carl Armstrong wants the bridge to enhance his historic site that includes a two-story log house built in 1975 by settler Andrew Ramsey.  The bridge and home would be available for tours.

James Baughn runs an Internet Web site dedicated to historic bridges.  He wants to move the bridge to a family farm and document the process of rebuilding it.

Other proposals came from a haunted hayride operator, a campground operator, a home developer and a private resident who wants to move the bridge to family property.

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