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A few photos of Cleveland's Hope Memorial Bridge, previously (and better) known as the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, which crosses the Cuyahoga River near the city's downtown. I don't have any good photos of the bridge from the side or below, unfortunately, and I didn't actually walk all the way across the thing (which is something I usually try to do with bridges). But what I do have are photos of several of the eight enormous "Guardians of Transportation" that protect the bridge from... something. (Dragons, perhaps?) If you need proof of the awesomeness -- and weirdness -- of Depression-era Art Deco, look no further; these guys are Exhibit A.
I was merely a weekend visitor to Cleveland and I wouldn't claim to be an expert on the history of the bridge, or of anything else in town really, so if you're intrigued by the bridge and its Guardians you might check out the Wikipedia page for the bridge, and a few other sites I came across with more info, historical photos, and so forth:
- Encyclopedia of Cleveland History at Case Western Reserve University
- Cleveland Memory at Cleveland State University
- CSU Digital Humanities
- Cleveland Historical