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Day 300 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Bridge the Gap: Spanish Town’s Historic Cast Iron Bridge

Cast Iron Bridge
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When visiting Spanish Town in St. Catherine, make sure to visit the oldest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere – the Cast Iron Bridge that spans the Rio Cobre River. This bridge is still in use today, but was built in 1801. It was designed by Thomas Wilson, a British engineer, cast in Britain and shipped to Jamaica in pre-made parts for assembly on site in 1802. The eastern portion of the abutment wall has been restored in authentic masonry as part of a comprehensive revamping project. When completed, the restoration will have reinforced the walls and improve the surface of the roadway. The bridge was declared a National Monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

Photo Source: Anthony Duncan

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