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In Honor of the Chamber of Commerce of Coral Springs Covered Bridge Award:

The first article that was ever published on our website was about the Covered Bridge in Coral Springs.  It was a curious structure that appears on every city emblem as well as the patch worn by our  Police and Fireman. When we published the article many Coral Springs residents sent us emails offering pieces of nostalgia and of course correcting our spelling (it was our first article).  That's also when we found out about the Covered Bridge Ceremony held each year by the by the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce.  At this breakfast members of the business community get honored for their achievements during the year, and their devotion as both  businessmen and volunteers.   More information can be obtained by visiting the Chamber of Commerce Website at . It is with this in mind that we re-dedicate this story to the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and the good work that they do.........

The Covered Bridge of Coral Springs
by Howard Melamed

Coral Springs Florida Original Published date:  03/16/2000

For the 'ol timers in Florida's Coral Springs community, memories of long past are only 30 or so years, as the history of Coral Springs is very short. The city was only established a few decades ago and there has not been as significant of a landmark since the Covered Bridge located on 95th Street south of Wiles Road. It is here that you will find the first evidence of this town's civilization dating back to 1963 when it was no more than a few buildings , a big swamp and a piece of the Everglades.
Most of the land that is now Coral Springs was reclaimed, since the land was so low and swampy. Coral Ride Properties, the original land  developer dug deep into the ground to reclaim good coral sandy material to be used as land fill. These excavations filled with natural fresh ground water from the Everglades and produced the canals and lakes that are all over southern Florida. In fact, most of South Florida is filled in the same way. The covered bridge spans across one of these canals. According to author Stuart B. Melver in his book Coral Springs, the first twenty-five years. The side panels of the bridge display ads placed by the American Snuff Company at the request of Coral Ridge Properties. They advertise Bull of the Woods chewing tobacco, and Peach Snuff obviously products of that era. Vegetation has grown up against the west side of this bridge but the banner sign can still be seen . The picture below is the view looking towards Wiles Road (North). What's even more interesting is that the road through this bridge goes only to a few houses and ends in a cul-de-sac. There is a sign stating 'Welcome to Coral Springs ' is present on the North Side and one that says 'Hurray Back to Coral Springs' is on the South side. In fact, this bridge use to be at the city limits when a dirt road connected Coral Springs to the northern wilderness. (Thank you Lynn and Mike! for the info!). If anyone has any other information about this bridge please email it to or post it our the Town Hall.  


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