The old 7 mile bridge was quite narrow. I didn't realize how narrow it was until I saw it again.
It is only possible to access the ends of the bridge from the Fleming Key end to Pigeon Key, and then there has been a piece taken out (photo 4) so that ships with taller superstructures can go through Moser Channel. Also it's probably to reduce liability. A similar piece has been taken out at the other end. So you can no longer get to the middle by land.
Fondest memory: Consequently, if one wants to take a picture of the old bridge, one must do it from the new bridge. I made many attempts to do this, and this is the best one. The bridge is deteriorating and rusting and trees are now growing on it. I only managed to catch the edge of one tree in this picture. There is a second photo (#3) which also shows the old bridge from the new one, and two photos (#2 and 5) that show closeups of the bridge from the little train called Henry.
I don't think we ever drove on the new Seven Mile Bridge until this year (2004). When we left Key West (to move to Philadelphia in January - brrr) we were still using the old bridge. Since then, we've seen it from the water, but not driven on it.
Fondest memory: The old bridge was narrow and was also a draw bridge. I totally do not remember where the draw bridge part of it was, and I can't figure it out now. But I know it must have been there, because otherwise how would big ships get from the bay side to the ocean side without going all the way down to Key West?
Favorite thing: After crossing cowboy town Marathon, will be the peak of the journey to Key West. You are reaching Mile Seven Bridge.