Wednesday, May 19, 2010

France - Pont Wilson 威爾遜大橋


Stamp Issue : 1962-02-17


Stamp Issue : 2001-06-01 

Wilson Bridge (Pont Wilson) is nicknamed “Old Bridge (French: Pont Vieux)” spanning the Loire River in Tours, France. It was originally built between 1765 and 1778, and classified as a historical monument in 1924. The bridge, composed of 15 arches, is 434 meters long and 21.3 meters wide. It was named “Wilson” in 1918 in honor of Woodrow Wilson (President of the United States of 1913 to 1921) for the participation of U.S. in the First World War; at which time, Tours was a major U.S. base.
The bridge collapsed in 1978 causing serious traffic problems. After a referendum on the bridge reconstruction, the new bridge was put into service in September 1982.


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