BRIDGE HISTORY

The first bridge at Cranberry Lake was a wooden structure built in 1902 by the Lackawanna Railroad. It allowed passengers to cross the lake from the Cranberry Lake station and gain access to the miniature railroad and amusement park at Frenche’s Grove. The railroad did not renew the amusement park lease after 1911, and the bridge was chained to a locomotive and pulled down.

 

In the 1920’s the Cranberry Lake Development Company began planning the lake community, and a means was needed to allow pedestrian access from the train station to the cabins at Frenche’s Grove and beyond. This resulted in a second wooden bridge being built in 1925 by the Development Company.  In 1929, a concrete, steel and wooden structure was begun by the New Jersey state government, and in December of 1930, the historic Cranberry Lake footbridge was completed. Measuring greater than 350 feet in overall length, it was considered an engineering marvel for its time. Constructed at the heart of the Great Depression, it is one of the longest and oldest pedestrian suspension bridges in New Jersey.

 

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