Who was the first official person to cross the Grandfather Mountain Mile High Swinging Bridge?
The Grandfather Mountain Mile High Swinging Bridge in North Carolina has been treaded upon since September 2nd 1952. To many people’s disappointment the Mile High Bridge is only eighty feet off the ground! The Swinging Bridge is also tied down to prevent the bridge from blowing away in the 190 mph gusts of wind that occur at the top of Grandfather Mountain. So not only is it not a mile high, it doesn’t swing!
The first person to cross the bridge was Merle Umstead, the nine-year-old daughter of Gov. William B. Umstead who spoke at the dedication. I wonder if she was disappointed.
For the official home page of the bridge and the mountain, here’s the link.