Bridges to Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Throwback Thursday we’re looking back on the bridge that so many of us in this area use each and every day. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge opened on October 1, 1969.

In the early part of the 1900’s, residents used ferries to cross the Cape Fear River. That changed in 1929 when the Twin Bridges opened to great fanfare. The bridges spanned the Northeast and Northwest branches of the Cape Fear, taking people across the river at the Northern end of town near where the Isabel Stelling Holmes Bridge is today. When the bridges first opened, travelers paid a toll, which went to offset the costs of the bridges. When the bonds were paid off, the toll booths were removed…

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