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Construction of the first Haulover Bridge, 1942
One of my father's construction projects was the first Haulover Bridge, which replaced the ferry. Here are two photos showing the bridge under construction. My father would often take me with him when he went up to oversee the construction work. There have been two Haulover Bridges, and there were ferries. which cables had to be hauled with hands to cross over. The Belize River was used as a means of transporting the logwood; then the logwood was "pull-over" to be loaded on the awaiting vessels. Hence the name Haulover.

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Haulover Creek Area:

"The chief Military station was at the Haulover, and there the Superintendent resided. Had there been facilities for deepening the bar, so that vessels of large tonnage could enter the river, and repass when loaded; or, if the navigation of the more northern mouth of the Behze, which opens from the Haulover, were practicable, a more agreeable situation for a town could not have been desired. At present there is not a single building at the Haulover. The Government House, (the last remaining,) being a few years ago destroyed by fire ; nor does the least vestige remain of any except the ruins of three batteries, a part of whose works may still be partially traced, and a few dismounted guns, may still be seen."

Source: Honduras Almanac 1829

P.S. The "Haulover" that is being referring to in this excerpt has to do with the area where the Haulover Bridge is currently. The "bar" that is being referred to is the mount of the Belize River where it enters into the sea after the Haulover bridge. It seems that somewhere in this area was where the fist superintendents used to live prior to 1814 when the new Government House was built. Two forts were buit in this area by Superintendent Thomas Barrow in preparation for the battle of the St. Georges Caye. It was thought that the Spaniards were going to attack this area first.

Construction of the first Haulover Bridge, 1942

Construction of the first Haulover Bridge, 1942

Haulover Bridge is the longest bridge in Belize. If the Belize River mouth did not have a sand bar at the opening, this area would have been more developed. It would have still developed where it is, but we would have had more development in this area because the settlement had started in this area before it started in downtown. This is where the Superintendent's House was located as well as other settlers. It would be good to pinpoint where the Superintendent House was located. This is one of the reasons why during the preparation for the Battle of St. George's Caye Colonel Thomas Barrow built two of the four forts in this area.

Construction of the first Haulover Bridge, 1942

Hector Silva: The Haulover bridge has its special features. It replaced the "Haulover Ferry." It is situated near a "Jewish Cemetery," it is also situated near one of the First British Military forts. The Haulover Bridge is a self lubricated bridge, on the side towards Belize City it has an oil receptacle, which must be kept full for lubrication, I don't know if it is functioning. My good old friend and Local Engineer, Mr. Francis Hecker Sr. introduced me to this bridge when I was appointed Minister of Works in 1964. He also introduced me to the mechanism of the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio.

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