Words of Appreciation for the Indian River Inlet Bridge

A Light From AboveIndian River Inlet Bridge in Moonlight

A recent message from a fan of my photography who has a wonderful gift of prose…

“Since viewing your marvelous photos of the Indian River Inlet bridge at night, I could not help but write down my thoughts and dedicate them to your art. Enjoy and do as you wish with them.”

She reaches her arms to the heavens.
Her lights glistening in vibrant colors pierce the night sky.
The stars sparkling in the distance in humble response.
The waters below her lap at the solemn churning shores,
Beating as the heart of life.
She is a thing of beauty,
Of peace, calm, and welcome.
Engulf her solitude and strength.
Know that she is….The Bridge!

by: David George

A Light From Above on the Indian River Bridge

I certainly appreciate David’s  compliment. I realized I had to share the wonderful words he wrote about “our” Charles W. Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet.

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Charles W. Cullen Bridge Dedication Plaque

This plaque marks the pedestrian entrance at the south end of the bridge. A transcription of the narrative is below the photograph.
Charles W. Cullen Bridge Dedication Plaque

Charles W. Cullen Bridge

Indian River Inlet
This bridge is named in honor and remembrance of
Charles West Cullen
1865-1948

A man who dedicated his life to public service and the the citizens of Delaware. Between 1930 and 1940, he served on the State Highway Commission, eventually being elevated to Chairman of the Commission from 1938-1939. While he was Chairman, work was started on a new bridge to span the Indian River Inlet. In recognition for his service on the Commission, the bridge was dedicated on May 18, 1940, in his name for his advocacy for the proper opening of the inlet and the internal development of the Indian River. Two additional bridges bearing his name have spanned the inlet since that time. This, the fifth bridge to span the inlet waterway, is also being dedicated in his name.

As this bridge served the public, let us not forget the life of service that he gave.

—- – —-
Governor Jack Markell, State of Delaware
Shailen Bhatt, Secretary, Department of Transportation
Natalie Barnhart, Chief Engineer, Department of Transportation

Dedicated 2012

Skanska USA Civil Southeast, General Contractor
AECOM, Consulting Engineers


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Night Photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge

The Charles W. Cullen Bridge across the Indian River Inlet is an engineering masterpiece and, with its night lighting, has become a very popular landmark of the Delaware Seashore – both day and night. The Bridge was opened/dedicated in January, 2012, and Bill Swartwout’s night photograph was created in December, 2013. Here is a picture of Bill holding a 21″ x 32″ art print of his night photo of the bridge. He is standing in the location from where the original image was captured.
Indian River Inlet Bridge Photograph
You can have an art print or a photograph on artist’s canvas of your very own to hang on the wall of your home, office or beach condo. Bill’s photo is unique in that it was captured with just enough humidity in the air to make the sky luminous with the blue light of the bridge lighting.

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