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Old Sunset Beach swing bridge now a museum piece

The Associated Press

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SUNSET BEACH, N.C. (AP) — The swing bridge that motorists once used to reach Sunset Beach from the North Carolina mainland is now sitting in a park as part of a museum that's open to the public

Until 1958, the beach was accessible only by boat. Mannon Gore, who bought the island, rigged up World War II surplus barges to make a swing bridge that could open or close to allow islanders and tourists to get to the island.

In 2010, the old bridge was replaced by a concrete, high-rise span. The Old Bridge Preservation Society was given the use of a 1-acre parcel for the bridge's new home. That arrangement was made just weeks before the bridge was to be demolished.

The Old Bridge Museum opened in May.

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