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This bridge hold memories for me as far back as my youth. As a child I was a bit nervous to cross it. Narrow and wet, the feel of water and mist on my face. But today when I stand at it's center, I feel the beauty of nature. It is a winding path to get there and a long path beyond ... some distance to the top of the falls. But I simply like to sit, far below, where I am for this photo and just enjoy both nature and structure together.

The bridge (the Benson bridge) was constructed by Italian stonemasons around 1914 and financed by Simon Benson. It spans about 45 feet. When I visit home, about 30 miles from here, I often come and enjoy this view.

On Labor Day in September 1995, a 400-ton boulder, loosened by erosion, fell 225 feet (69 m) from the face of the waterfall into the upper cascade pool, above Benson Bridge. It caused a 70-foot (21 m) splash of water and gravel to wash over the footbridge, causing minor injuries to twenty members of a wedding party that happened to be on the bridge posing for photos at the time.

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