Davidson Co. hopes to preserve historical bridge

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — This week county commissioners will be inspecting the historical Wil-Cox bridge before becoming its new owner.

The bridge has been closed for the past two years due to wear and tear.

It was built in the 1920s and is one of few bridges in the southeast still left from that era with a pedestrian walkway.

“We also view it as an iconic image of Davidson County,” said William Deal, executive director of Davidson County Tourism Recreation Investment Partnership.

If it passes inspection, county and tourism officials hope reopening it will draw more people to the county.

“Kind of a linear park type of environment, we could have antique car shows on the bridge, any number of things,” Deal said.

The county currently has a 22-mile canoe trail along the Yadkin River and hopes reopening the bridge will bring more people to it.

It’s a bridge people like Al Elliott hope is kept intact.

“It’s a good place to fish, walk or just relax and do whatever you want to do,” Elliott said.

He walks across the bridge every morning for exercise and took fishing trips along the Yadkin River as a little boy.

They’re the kind of memories commissioners hope to preserve in the next coming months.