WWI Memorial Bridge, Greenville
This 200-foot long bridge once was positioned across the Tar River in downtown Greenville on Greene Street. It was built by the N.C. State Highway Commission and the Women Auxiliary in 1927 to honor the veterans from Pitt County who served in World War I from 1917 to 1918. In was disassembled in 2002 and moved to a new location in town Common Park. Since 2005, it serves as the starting point for the Greenville Pedestrian Greenway.
A marker with original inscriptions and re-assembly information is located in front of the bridge.
Images: Vintage postcard showing the original location of the Memorial bridge | Original inscription (top) | Original inscription (bottom)
Front Top: IN HONOR OF THE MEN FROM/PITT COUNTY / WHO SERVED DURING THE / WORLD WAR / AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTY
THIS BRIDGE DEDICATED JUNE 21ST 1928 BY / N.C. STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION / AT REQUEST OF / WOMEN AUXILIARY / PITT COUNTY POST OF / AMERICAN LEGION
Front Bottom: GREENVILLE BRIDGE / PITT COUNTY / STATE PROJECT NO. 182 / BUILT BY / NORTH CAROLINA / STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION / 1827
New inscription atop of the marker: Constructed in 1927, this 200 ft. span bridge once served as a crossing over the Tar River and was located on Greene Street. In 2002, it was disassembled into three sections and moved to the Town Commons Park. Re-assembly of the bridge was completed in 2005. This is a Parker Truss Bridge. Only a few existed in North Carolina when it was re-assembled. Funds for this project were provided by the city of Greenville and an Enhancement Grant received through the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The bridge now serves as an entranceway to the South Tar River Greenway.
N.C. State Highway Commission
June 21, 1928
35.615850 , -77.370720 View in Geobrowse
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Greenville Pedestrian Greenway Bridge
According to a plaque placed atop of the original marker, the memorial bridge, constructed in 1927, was disassembled in 2002 into three sections and moved to the Town Commons Park. "Re-assembly of the bridge was completed in 2005. This is a Parker Truss Bridge. Only a few existed in North Carolina when it was re-assembled. Funds for this project were provided by the city of Greenville and an Enhancement Grant received through the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The bridge now serves as an entranceway to the South Tar River Greenway."
This Memorial bridge is now located in Town Commons Park at 105 E. 1st Street in Greenville, NC. At the main entrance to the Town Commons a grouping of monuments includes the Pitt County Veterans Memorial, Fallen Soldier memorial, the Old Brickell Cannon, World War One, World War Two, Korean War memorial, Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom memorial, and a Millennial Sundial.
The bridge across the river is surrounded by trees.
Across the Tar River connected to Greene Street.