5 Forgotten Facts About Jax

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Some say we forget over time because new experiences overwrite connections to old memories. However, those old memories remain buried down in there. Here's 5 forgotten interesting facts from Jacksonville's past.

The reason the Mathews Bridge was painted maroon

The Mathews Bridge was dedicated to Judge Mathews, who had advocated building the bridge since the early 1930s. The 1953 completion of the steel cantilever truss structure opened the door to suburban growth in Jacksonville. It measures 7,382 feet long, and consists of six main panels and 59 approach spans. Originally silver, the bridge was painted maroon in honor of the city's United States Football League (USFL) franchise, the Jacksonville Bulls, in 1984. A year later, the USFL folded.

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