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Sunset Beach and Calabash, NC(pics)

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The single lane floating bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway was retired about 3 years ago. The town of Sunset Beach, NC's southern most beach, has moved it into a grove of majestic Live Oaks and is in the process of building a park around it.
The gate house served as quarters for the bridge keeper. The bridge was open at the top of every hour to allow pleasure boats to pass and at other times as necessary to keep waterway tugs, barges, and commercial boats moving.
This was the last of these bridges in NC. There were several of these operating years ago, and they were often the first bridges to replace ferries at short crossings.
The center of the bridge opened like a door. It was hinged at a pivot point and cables and pulleys were used to open and close the bridge.
Many at Sunset Beach wanted it to remain because of its history, but the times we live in were not its ally. More traffic, medical emergencies and fire calls, the need to evacuate from approaching hurricanes, and its increasing breakdowns and maintenance needs made its replacement necessary.

The new bridge as viewed from the mainland beside the Bridge Park, across the waterway, and looking back towards the mainland.

And, the best for last. Ifn yall are ever in the vicinity, going to Calabash for seafood is a must. The Seafood Hut is the place to go. It is not a big fancy touristy place and is where the local folks eat. In busy seasons, there will be a line of folks waiting around the building for a seat. They have a take out window where orders can be placed. A few picnic tables are there, but we usually go to the waterfront and have a picnic with our dogs. Yep, they like it too. ;)

The shrimp boats were out while we were there.
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Great Pics Jim!!!Was in Calabash one time. Great seafood!!!!
Looks like a nice trip. Makes me want to go back to the ocean.
Thanks for the pictures. We were at Myrtle Beach this summer and took a boat ride through a swing bridge, which was pretty neat.
Thanks for the great pics Jim .That is were you get the great seafood.
Love it nothing anybetter.
Betty, Mrs. Jim was sitting there reading and waiting for our order while I was taking the pics. Last Saturday, it was around 70 degrees there with no wind. All was good!
Looks like a beautiful place to visit. As far as the bridge, as the saying goes "all things must pass."
In a related story, one of the local news channels just did a piece last week on KY's last covered
bridge still in use on a public roadway, and what the county it's in is doing to keep it in operation.
Looks like a really cool place to visit. I haven't been in North Carolina since '74. Maybe another leisure round trip is in order. There's an old covered bridge here that's a landmark, preserved and surrounded by a park. The road having been re routed in the late '70s. Did I see Bubba Gumps rig in the background?? :) :)
Ernie N Ky said:
Thanks for the pictures. We were at Myrtle Beach this summer and took a boat ride through a swing bridge, which was pretty neat.


Wish I had known you were coming this way, Id offered you a cup of coffee! (Maybe I did and dont rememebr) Anyways, theres 2 stores in MB that have old cars and tractors inside the store! Its about the only reason I go to MB anymore!
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