Kennedy Boulevard Bridge
It’s easy to take the Kennedy Boulevard Bridge for granted; so many of us drive over it so often. But it’s hard to imagine life in Tampa without it. The current drawbridge was built in 1913 to replace a wooden bascule bridge that originally spanned this portion of the Hillsborough River into downtown Tampa.
This was originally known as Lafayette Street through downtown (and Grand Central Avenue west of downtown), after General Lafayette, the French general who supported the colonists during the American Revolution. President Kennedy visited Tampa on November 18, 1963, and his motorcade drove along this road. So it was renamed John F. Kennedy Boulevard in 1964.
I’ve written before about school graffiti displayed on the bridges and riverbanks in this area. As a Purdue University graduate, class of
1989 the Mesozoic Era, I’m happy about the photo below.
For contrarians, that other Indiana university has been represented on the bridge as well.