Leeper Park bridge
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My hometown of South Bend, Indiana, has many lovely bridges. This one, built in 1914, carries Michigan Street, the city’s main street, over the St. Joseph River. That road was US 31 for many years.
This bridge borders beautiful Leeper Park, which is a historic landmark. My mother grew up in the well-to-do neighborhood behind the park to the southwest and spent many hours here as a girl.
The lights on the bridge are replicas of the lights installed when the bridge was new, and were added sometime in the last 20 years. The original lights were removed before I was born. During the years I grew up in South Bend, the bridge had no lights.