Ribbon cutting dedication, Westport Island Causeway, 1950

Contributed by Westport Island History Committee


Inez Denny, the wife of State Sen. Edward Denny cuts the ribbon officially opening the causeway bridge connecting Westport Island to Wiscasset and mainland Maine.

The cutting of the ribbon was the signal for a parade of motor vehicles and pedestrians to cross the new bridge. The "parade" was led by the Dunlap Commandery Band of Bath (now the Bath Municipal Band).

The causeway cost about $100,000 less than a bridge with steel spans would have cost to cross Cowseagan Narrows, the channel where the Westport Causeway was constructed.

An opening under the roadway was constructed with 75-foot steel beams allowing a 30' horizontal clearance and adequate water flow for small boat traffic. Navigation by water requires skill because of swift and erratic tidal flows.

Pictured l to r: John Swanton, Jennie Cromwell, Edwin Cromwell, Congressman Charles P. Nelson, Inez Denny, State Sen. Edward Denny (Damariscotta), State Highway Commission Chairman Lloyd Morton, (unknown), Brewster Doggett.

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  • Title: Ribbon cutting dedication, Westport Island Causeway, 1950
  • Creation Date: 1950-06-25
  • Subject Date: 1950-06-25
  • Town: Bath, Westport Island, Wiscasset
  • County: Lincoln, Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.2 cm x 25.5 cm
  • Local Code: CromEdw.Photo.16.1950
  • Collection: Edwin Cromwell Family Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
(207) 882-8477

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