The second bridge that graced the Haulover Creek in Belize City, 1898
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The second bridge that graced the Haulover Creek in Belize City, 1898

Top photo is looking from Hofius to the bridge, circa 1898. There were three bridges in total. The first going back circa 1815. This second bridge was referred to as the high arch bridge because of the high arch as you can see. We were barely able to see it in the first photo. However, the second photo is showing the same bridge looking from the opposite direction. The first photo is dated 1898 and the second is 1890.

I wanted to go play in that mud from the pond they were digging near the Haulover. That area must have lots of artifacts from the first Baymen that were living in that area. Heck, the first Government House was in that area.

Dora Riverol: I recollect there were two almost identical swing bridges only difference being the pedestrian hand rails...the first was completed in 1898... it was poorly maintained so much so that it could no longer swing... so it was replaced by a second by 1923... the one now being used... guess we learnt from our mistake and are doing the proper maintenance so it still swings. If I am right then the first photo was taken earlier than 1898... guessing there must have been a temporary bridge in place at that time... open to being disproved. There were actually 4 bridges at least ... there were two almost identical swing bridges ... you could only tell them apart by the pedestrian outer rails. The first was built in 1898 so am a bit doubtful that the high arch wooden bridge was around in 1898...assuming it took at least a year to build the first swing bridge ... bridge engineers would have built a temporary bridge in place of the old wooden bridge. This first swing bridge was poorly maintained until it reached the point that it could no longer swing so was replaced by our current swing bridge by 1923... our bridge still swings so I guess we learnt our lesson about proper maintenance. I do have pics of that first swing bridge including pics of when it was inaugurated in 1898. I also have a record of this bridge and its approval from the British National Archives.

Therese Pollard Matus: There were residents near the Haulover.

Photographs courtesy Albert Paul Avila

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