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5 Forgotten Facts About Jax
« on: April 06, 2015, 06:15:01 AM »
5 Forgotton Facts About Jax



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.

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« Last Edit: April 06, 2015, 07:18:16 AM by thelakelander »

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2015, 08:13:00 AM »
I really love these historical bits of knowledge.  They make driving around our city even more interesting!  Thanks so much for all your research!

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2015, 10:17:04 AM »
Awesome article!
I would like to see the mathews bridge painted a "fire red." I didn't know it was maroon, looks more like rust red.

Could you imagine them spending money on something like that today? Say re-painting the main street bridge a bolder blue because we have the Armada? Would never happen today :(
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2015, 12:05:53 PM »
I thought it was garnett for FSU, to balance the orange  (Acosta) and blue  (Main Street) bridges downtown.
My guess is that it was due to be painted, not a special paint job just to change the color.

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2015, 12:16:08 PM »
I thought it was garnett for FSU, to balance the orange  (Acosta) and blue  (Main Street) bridges downtown.
My guess is that it was due to be painted, not a special paint job just to change the color.

Different people say different things about the garnet: some do say it was for FSU, while others say the Bulls. The timing of the repainting definitely suggests it was chosen for the Bulls, however, as they made a big sensation that year. The Acosta Bridge was actually yellow, not orange. But either way, the Mathews' garnet color does goes back to FSU: the Bulls adopted it in tribute to the Seminoles (they also incorporated the Gators's orange and the Bulldogs' black and silver).
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2015, 01:15:39 PM »
I thought it was garnett for FSU, to balance the orange  (Acosta) and blue  (Main Street) bridges downtown.
My guess is that it was due to be painted, not a special paint job just to change the color.

Different people say different things about the garnet: some do say it was for FSU, while others say the Bulls. The timing of the repainting definitely suggests it was chosen for the Bulls, however, as they made a big sensation that year. The Acosta Bridge was actually yellow, not orange. But either way, the Mathews' garnet color does goes back to FSU: the Bulls adopted it in tribute to the Seminoles (they also incorporated the Gators's orange and the Bulldogs' black and silver).

Will have to see if I can find some pictures of the Acosta, I could swear it was orange.

Notice in the Mathews picture, no center barrier wall?

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2015, 04:38:44 PM »
I thought it was garnett for FSU, to balance the orange  (Acosta) and blue  (Main Street) bridges downtown.
My guess is that it was due to be painted, not a special paint job just to change the color.

Different people say different things about the garnet: some do say it was for FSU, while others say the Bulls. The timing of the repainting definitely suggests it was chosen for the Bulls, however, as they made a big sensation that year. The Acosta Bridge was actually yellow, not orange. But either way, the Mathews' garnet color does goes back to FSU: the Bulls adopted it in tribute to the Seminoles (they also incorporated the Gators's orange and the Bulldogs' black and silver).

Will have to see if I can find some pictures of the Acosta, I could swear it was orange.

Notice in the Mathews picture, no center barrier wall?

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2015, 04:44:25 PM »
The Mathews looks 100% better with the maroon paint. The silver Mathews had as much charm as the Myrtle overpass. 

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2015, 05:13:45 PM »
I remember orange not yellow of the old Acosta, didn't know that was the reasoning fot painting the the Mathews. The zoo downtown imagine that.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2015, 05:17:38 PM »
The old Acosta Bridge....

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2015, 07:05:00 PM »
LOL looks like there's a yellow car going across the bridge. I was very young back then, but certainly looks orange. I actually miss that bridge but like the neon light across the new one. I think thats gone to now right?

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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2015, 08:37:20 PM »
Yes, the neon light is a thing of the past....just like the old Acosta Bridge!
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