Red Japanese Bridge, The Friendship Bridge, Huntsville Alabama
In the middle of downtown Huntsville Alabama a.k.a "The Rocket City" is Big Spring Park which surrounds "Big Spring" the original water source for the the city of Huntsville...Huntsville in turn sprang up around "Big Spring". At the northwest end of Big Spring Park you will find a very prominent feature...the Red Japanese Bridge known as "Friendship Bridge".
Big Spring Park displays gifts to the city from other countries such as a fog bell and light beacon from Norway, a sundial from Germany, a park bench from the United Kingdom and my favorite; the "Friendship Bridge" from Japan. In the mid '60's then Lieutenant Colonel Mikio Kimata attended the Redstone Arsenal's Ordinance Guided Missile School Program. His way of thanking Huntsville Alabama for the hospitality he received was to donate 60 Japanese Cherry trees and later the "Friendship Bridge", celebrating the United States Bicentennial and the "Friendship Bridge" was formally dedicated May 3, 1977.
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