Bridge Bash at Jot’s Resort
The Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge, built in the early 1930’s, is a 7 arch bridge crossing the wild and scenic Rogue River. The bridge was the first of its kind in the United States (used concrete arches for stress control), and is known as an engineering marvel. The engineer who designed the bridge (McCullough) then designed more bridges up the coast, and soon one could actually travel by car along the coast connecting California to Washington (prior to his bridges you could only cross by ferry/boat). At one time the bridge was lit, but the old bulbs eventually died out and were too costly to replace. For years the bridge remained dark. This year Freeman Marine, Gold Beach, agreed to donate $5000 to lighting the bridge with new LED lights, provided their employees would match the donation. The employees generously stepped up to the table and contributed the matching funds.
This event starts out with a Troll Stroll (for children and dogs) at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $5/child, and children will be led by a troll for a walk under the bridge. Meet at 10 a.m by the Mary D. Hume at the Port of Gold Beach. Beginning at 3:00 the festivities begin with food and drink and live music. At dusk the bridge lights will be turned on.
The music line up is:
3:00-5:00 Rocky Rogue (Local)
5:00-6:30 Red Letter Jesus (Portland, Oregon)
6:30-9:30 Lady and the Tramps (Reno, Nevada)