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A bridge outside Boston

12/03/2014
North Bridge. Concord, Mass. Nov. 29, 2014.

North Bridge. Concord, Mass. Nov. 29, 2014.

On our Thanksgiving trip to Boston, Jen and I visited perhaps the most important bridge in the United States: The North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.

The North Bridge is the first place the Minute Man militia fired upon British troops, sparking the American Revolution.

The Golden Gate Bridge may be more majestic, the Brooklyn Bridge more iconic and the Mackinac Bridge longer, but the rickety old wooden North Bridge is where a rag-tag group of rebels started a country.

Jen’s cousin David and his wife Margie drove us from their place in Lexington, Mass. a few miles down the Battle Road Trail to Concord. We visited the bridge during an afternoon tour of Minute Man National Historical Park two days after Thanksgiving.

If you’re like me and have never been to Lexington and Concord, you probably know little about the old North Bridge. The bridge crosses the mellow and meandering Concord River north of town. The National Park Service converted an old house on a hill above the bridge into a visitors center. The walk from the visitors center to the bridge is like a walk on a golf course fairway. Lots of open space. Trees and shrubs on the boundaries, even scenic stone fences.

According to our history books, on April 19, 1775 a few hundred British troops marched from Boston to Concord in search of a hidden arms supply. Instead they found an angry group of local rebels. The Minute Men, alerted by the midnight ride of Paul Revere, open fire on the troops at the North Bridge. More angry rebels joined the fight and chased the troops back to Boston.

The Brits might say the North Bridge crossed a major water hazard.

Earlier in the weekend visit, Jen and I walked for a while on the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. We stopped at Faneuil Hall. This the marketplace where Sam Adams and other patriots spoke out against British tyranny. It’s just a block away from the Boston Massacre site.

In Faneuil Hall Square near the larger than life statue of an old Boston mayor, we were approached by two young Asian men: tourists with a camera.

In broken English, they asked for a picture.

“Sure, I’ll take your picture.” I said. “Where are you from?”

“South Korea,” they said.

“Welcome to the U.S.A. Where should I take the picture?”

No, they said, they didn’t want me to take a picture, they wanted a picture of us.

The giant Americans.

OK. Jen and I posed for a snap shot with one of the guys and off they went down the Freedom Trail.

Here’s hoping our South Korean friends make it to the North Bridge.

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