Carthage’s red bridge has been getting folks across the Pike River since before campus was, well, campus. According to Associate Vice President for Business William Hoare, the bridge was built as a WPA project in the late 1930s. The bridge is repainted about every three years, and received its newest coat of paint this summer.
In 1998, the bridge was damaged by a falling tree during a serious windstorm; more than 60 trees were lost on the Carthage campus. The College hired masons to restore the bridge. During the project, workers discovered numbers on the bridge’s individual stones that were written in pencil by the original masons as they worked.