See Seaside Heights wooden bridge…


This is a photo of the original wooden Seaside Heights bridge, from The First Fifty.

See Seaside Heights wooden bridge: It is hard to imagine today, with two bridges spanning the Barnegat Bay to Seaside Heights, that one day there was only a small wooden bridge. Up until the 1950’s, the wooden bridge was the only way to get to this area, built specifically for visitors to get to the amusement center and boardwalk. However, in order for Seaside Heights to flourish as “The Town That Fun Built”, in the early 1950’s the Mathis drawbridge (now the inbound bridge) was built. In later years, a causeway linking to Route 37 was built, and in the early 1970’s, the J. Stanley Tunney Bridge (outbound) was opened leading from this causeway. The latter bridge was named after the 12-term Seaside Heights Mayor who lobbied the State of New Jersey hard to construct the projects that would allow his beloved Borough to prosper.

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