I wish I could say that I have visited the QAL city located in my Country–The USA. But No, I have never been to Massachusetts and visited Boston! Amy from During Quiet Time lives in Boston, and is sharing her great paper-pieced block design of ” The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.” What a huge name and what a grand entrance into Boston!
The Zakim Bridge is the Worlds widest Cable-stayed bridge, and open for traffic in 2003. It was named after Lenny Zakim (1953-1999), a Civil Rights activist, and The American Colonists who fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The bridge is a symbol of patriotism, freedom, diversity, and fuses the past with the future. The inverted-Y shape echoes the shape of the Bunker Hill Monument. The cables represent a ship in full sail and East Boston’s history as a shipbuilding center.
Historically, bridge engineering was questionable and elephants were marched across a bridge to demonstrate the integrity of the structure. Elephants were used because it was believed that they had instincts that would not allow them to cross a structure that was unsafe! In October, 2002 The New Zakim Bridge was put up to the test with “The Pachyderm Test” when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marched 14 elephants weighing 112,000 lbs. across the bridge!!
The Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge