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.