A Monument to Perseverance: the Struggle to Build the Newport Bridge

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Bristol, RI 02809

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An informative look at the development of the iconic Newport Bridge in Newport, RI

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A Monument to Perseverance: The Struggle to Build the Newport Bridge, 1945-1960

By James M. Ricci, Ph.D.

Author of The Newport Bridge

History Press, July 2018

Newport is a premier destination, but getting to the city has not always been easy. For three centuries, ferries crossed Narragansett Bay's East Passage. That all changed on June 28, 1969, the day the Newport Bridge opened, eliminating the last remaining gap between Aquidneck and Conanicut Islands. Proponents of the bridge persevered through political squabbles and delays for twenty-five years following World War II to make it a reality. The longest suspension bridge in the region incorporated several new technologies and construction techniques and changed the face of Rhode Island.

Like all suspension bridges, the Newport Bridge has become a cultural icon to Newport and Rhode Island. Its Gothic arches invoke Roebling’s Brooklyn Bridge. Its image has become ubiquitous around Newport. It graces virtually every tourist guide and promotional publication about the city. The bridge stands sentinel over Newport’s storied environment.

Jim Ricci grew up in Barrington. He holds a doctorate degree from Salve Regina University where he explored Newport’s efforts to reinvent itself from a sailor town to a tourist center following World War II. This led to a particular interest in the quarter-century struggle to build the Newport Bridge. Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Newport Bridge 50th Anniversary Committee. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Jim's book, The Newport Bridge, provided the foundation for the highly regarded RI PBS documentary, “The Newport Bridge: A Rhode Island Icon.”

“A Monument to Perseverance: The Struggle to Build the Newport Bridge, 1945-1960” takes place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 7PM, at the Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI. Members free. Non-Members $5 per person.

For further information, or to reserve your spot by telephone, please call 401-254-1745

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