Morenci bridge walk coming on Labor Day 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Labor Day Bridge Walk has gone to the dogs this year.

At a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, someone suggested the Dog Days of Summer for a theme and now dog owners are invited to bring along their pooch for a quick stroll across Silver Creek.

The event is scheduled at 11 a.m. Labor Day. As always, special guests will have their one-minute speech option before the crowd heads out for the hike across the 1893 pedestrian bridge that crossed Silver Creek at the south edge of town.

To make it a double bridge day, some walkers head out onto East Street to walk across the other historic bridge—the Murray Van Wagoner bridge built in 1935. That bridge was the entrance into Michigan on the Taft Highway—a tourist route from Florida to Michigan that never really gained in popularity.

But the bridges now have their popular standing one day a year in the southern-most bridge walk in the state—Morenci’s alternative to the five-mile walk that morning at the Straights of Mackinac.

Commemorative bridge walk shirts will go on sale soon at Johnson Hardware, Stair Public Library and United Bank and Trust, and they’ll also be available at the bridge. Morenci Garden Club members will return with their annual plant sale at the bridge walk.

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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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