Although now unused, The Caddo Lake Drawbridge was placed on the National Register of Historic
Places in 1996.  The bridge was built in 1914 to replace the ferry that normally traveled the lake, to allow
oil drilling equipment an easier access.  The bridge was even used in World War II as a mean to prepare
soldiers for war.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton even led a "capture" of the
bridge.  But as the area expanded, the bridge became to small for what the community needed, and in the
1970's, traffic was switched to an alternate route.  A newer two-lane bridge was constructed next to the
old bridge.  The initial plan was to demolish the bridge, but a citizen's campaign was launched to save the
bridge, refurbish it, and recognize it's historic status.  The campaign worked, and the bridge was painted,
blocked off to vehicles, and accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.

When me and the old lady visited the bridge, it was sort of an improvised side trip after going to see the
Rodessa School.  I've always wanted to see the bridge, and I figured it was the perfect time.  The bridge
sits close to a small park and boat launch for Caddo Lake, where there were a only a few cars.  It was
surprisingly quiet and peaceful while we were there.  It makes it nice being off of Highway 1 a good
ways, which this far north of Shreveport isn't really that traffic-heavy anyways, but made for great
scenery this time of year.  All in all, Caddo Lake Bridge makes a nice place to see if you're out that way,
and as some people have already found out, makes a great spot for an afternoon of fishing.
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