The Ortega Bridge, considered a local historical landmark and is referred to as the Old Ortega Bridge located on the west side of Jacksonville. It sits at the mouth of the Ortega River, where it flows into the St. John’s River and features a fabulous view of the Jacksonville skyline, especially at sunset. The first Ortega Bridge, built in 1908, was actually made of wood. Supposedly, it provided for streetcar service between the residential area of Ortega and the rest of the city.
The Ortega Bridge is close to a marina so sailboats and yachts pass under the drawbridge frequently. I was somewhat challenged by the bridge’s many unusual architectural details. Fortunately, I live nearby so I was able to make several drawings onsite for the sake of accuracy.
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