Madge Boggild, who was in the first vehicle to drive across the U.S. Highway 41 bridge when it opened in 1929, rode with Marion County Mayor John Graham in the last vehicle across the bridge before its closure Monday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation closed the bridge across the Tennessee River at Haletown on Monday as work progresses to build a replacement next to it. The metal bridge will be dismantled and removed.
Madge Boggild, who was in the first vehicle to drive across the U.S. Highway 41 bridge when it opened in 1929, rode with Marion County Mayor John Graham in the last vehicle across the bridge before its closure Monday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation closed the bridge across the Tennessee River at Haletown on Monday as work progresses to build a replacement next to it. The metal bridge will be dismantled and removed.
Photo by John Rawlston .
published Monday, January 9th, 2012
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HALETOWN, Tenn. -- When the 1929-era Marion Memorial Bridge was dedicated, 5-year-old Madge Knight Boggild rode in the back of a Ford Model T truck as it became the first vehicle to cross the newly built span across the Tennessee River in Marion County.

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