Harry Forden was known as the "Mayor of Brooklyn" - the city neighborhood that sits north of the bridge. When the railroad left Wilmington in the late 1950s, Forden advocated hard for the neighborhood and is credited for reviving North Fourth Street. He served as the chairman of the city's Ward - now Preceint - 1. (2) Mr. Forden passed away in 2004 at the age of 69. The bridge was named in his honor in May 2007.
I believe the North Sixth Street/Harry Forden Bridge is the last vehicular through truss bridge in an urban setting within North Carolina - or at least in our major cities. It is a bridge maybe more known as a result of pop culture, but when you learn more about it, it has a story of its own to tell.
All photos taken by post author - April 13, 2008.
Sources & Links:
- (1) American Society of Civil Engineers - North Carolina Section. "Sixth Street Bridge." March 9, 2014.
- (2) Fennell, Bettie. "Northside activist Harry Forden dies at 69." Wilmington Star News. Jan 6, 2004.
- Harry Forden Bridge ---Bridgehunter.com