Your Letters: Clayton should commemorate covered bridge

July 18, 2014 

Covered Bridge Park?

Clayton has a chance to improve recreational activities in the area and, at the same time, permanently identify a historic area associated with the community.

It is my suggestion that the new park on the Neuse River be called Covered Bridge Park. That bridge on the Neuse marked a centuries-old river crossing, and if not for the crossing, the town of Clayton might have never been established. The crossing improved access to northern Johnston County and Wake County. And until the 1930s, it was the only crossing for a couple of dozen miles. There are still fewer than a dozen crossing points between Raleigh and Smithfield.

This park could be the center for increasing knowledge of the history of the area and those things that caused Clayton to be established at its location. At some point in the future, the current pedestrian bridge across the river could be rebuilt to look like the original covered bridge. The park could also have kiosk with photos the bridge and other photos that highlight the history of the area.

Clayton does not have a fort, battleground, etc., to emphasis its history, but it does have the covered bridge. It should not lose this opportunity to commemorate its history.

Keith Nuttle

Johnston County

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