100 Year-Old Bridge Receives Celebration

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Bankers Hill Residents Association coordinated a celebration to honor an important bridge in the community, as well as recognize the designer and builder responsible for its existence.

Faulconer and Councilmember Todd Gloria presented a proclamation declaring April 21, 2012, “Edwin Capps Day” in the City of San Diego, in honor of the bridge’s designer and two-time San Diego Mayor, Edwin Capps. The proclamation was received by his great-great-granddaughter, Diane Mehlhorn, who flew in from Washington state with her husband.

Councilmember Todd Gloria (left) and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer (right) stand next to Diane Mehlhorn, the great-great-granddaughter of Edwin Capps. Standing behind is Nancy Moors and Ann Garwood.

“The Spruce Street Bridge is part of this neighborhood’s character and quality of life,” Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer said. “Built in 1912, it is the only suspension bridge of its type in San Diego County, and has connected Bankers Hill residents to the business district and Balboa Park for 100 years.”

Dozens joined the Councilmembers in the middle of the bridge to sing happy birthday as the bridge swayed back and forth, as is part of its design.

Following, a birthday cake featuring a historic photo of the bridge was presented and served. The event was organized by Nancy Moors and Ann Garwood of the Bankers Hill Residents Association. Luke Terpstra, chair of the Hillcrest Town Council, was also present.

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