Looking for something interesting to do? Take an autumn walk in the Bacon Woods in the Vermilion River Reservation, and enjoy a little piece of hidden history: the abutments of an old abandoned bridge.
Longtime contributor and local historian Dennis Thompson first told me about the abutments. As Dennis pointed out, many years ago the road we know today as Cooper Foster Park Road used to cross the Vermilion River, instead of dead-ending at Vermilion Road and trailing off into the trees as a driveway as it does today.
|The view looking west across Vermilion Road from Cooper Foster Park Road|
Dennis noted that the road “crossed Vermilion Road, wound around an S curve and dropped down the valley and across the river.
"The Coopers owned from Vermilion Road to the river,” said Dennis.
You can see the old road crossing the Cooper property on these vintage township maps, right where the “34” (for Township Lot 34) is.
|1916 (Courtesy of Dennis Lamont)|