One hundred years ago, July 1, 1921, the Acosta Bridge was opened as the first span over the St. Johns River to move automobile traffic from one bank to the other. To commemorate the occasion, San Marco Preservation Society, in collaboration with the Jacksonville Historical Society, will present a program on Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Southside Baptist Church located in San Marco Square at 1435 Atlantic Blvd.
Dr. Wayne W. Wood, JHS Historian At Large, will speak about the importance of spanning the river for automobile traffic at this particular time in history as well as the journey that was taken to get the bridge built. The public is invited to attend; no RSVP necessary.
On Saturday, June 26, beginning at 11 a.m., a vintage automobile parade will start at the Museum of Science & History, enter the Acosta Bridge northbound, cross the river, circle back on Bay Street and enter the bridge southbound, ending at San Marco Square, where light refreshments will be available.