Resolution on new Bath Creek bridge


THAT WHEREAS, the bridge spanning Bath Creek leading from the Town of Bath westwardly to Washington and thence to other sections of Beaufort County and the state at large, is in very bad condition; and

WHEREAS, the State Highway Commission is about to improve said bridge as the Board is informed and believes; and

WHEREAS, this Board has been advised that the State Highway Commission is seriously considering the question of repairing said bridge by the construction of another wooden bridge; and

WHEREAS, a petition signed by a large number of citizens of the Bath community has been filed with the Board asking it to urge the State Highway Commission to erect a bridge across Bath Creek of the same type and style as the bridge extending over Back Creek from the Town of bath to Ransomville; and

WHEREAS, this Board is impressed with the wisdom of the statement set forth in said petition:

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Board does hereby call the attention of the State Highway Commission to the fact that Bath itself is the oldest town and is a historic shrine in the State of North Carolina, and among other points of interest, contains the St. Thomas Episcopal church, the oldest church in North Carolina and that said church and its graveyard constitute a religious shrine to which yearly pilgrimages are made, and in addition, throughout the year large numbers of visitors visit said town.

We, therefore, respectfully submit that as ninety-five per cent of the visitors to the Town of Bath would go over the said bridge, that said bridge should be a structure of the style and degree of durability of which the community would be proud and which would reflect credit upon the business sagaci[ty] of the Highway Commission. We, therefore, urge that said proposed bridge be of the style and type as that spanning Back Creek on the east of Bath.

Resolution on new Bath Creek bridge
Resolution on a new Bath Creek bridge in Bath, N.C. As more and more people came to visit Bath, particularly St. Thomas Church, local Bath residents and Beaufort County commissioners used increased tourism as a way to argue for better roads and bridges leading into the town.
Original Format
administrative records
Local Identifier
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
This item has been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. If you are the creator or copyright holder of this item and would like it removed, please contact us at
Preferred Citation
Cite this item
Content Notice

Public access is provided to these resources to preserve the historical record. The content represents the opinions and actions of their creators and the culture in which they were produced. Therefore, some materials may contain language and imagery that is outdated, offensive and/or harmful. The content does not reflect the opinions, values, or beliefs of ECU Libraries.

Contact Digital Collections

If you know something about this item or would like to request additional information, click here.

Comment on This Item

Complete the fields below to post a public comment about the material featured on this page. The email address you submit will not be displayed and would only be used to contact you with additional questions or comments.

Comment Policy