Mystic

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If you’ve heard of Mystic, a small town on Connecticut’s Southeastern coast, it’s likely because of this movie. However, I’m not here to write about pizza.

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I’d much rather profile the Mystic River Bascule Bridge–the town’s real landmark.

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Built in 1920, it looks unlike any other bridge I can name.

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Apparently, bascule bridges come in a plethora of shapes, sizes and designs, but I haven’t seen one with such bulky, square-like blocks on top of it.

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Here’s a shot of the bridge when it’s up: notice how those big blocks are now firmly on the ground, providing weight.

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I spy a pot-bellied guy through the drawbridge wheels.

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Mystic itself has a charming (if small) downtown full of local businesses and not one single Starbucks.

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Mystic’s Army Navy Store is a somewhat quirky one.

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I can’t decide what I like more: the intense, blinding fluorescent light beaming out of Envy, or the little “Paint Misbehavin'” sign hanging next door.

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I wish every nighttime picture I took had as vibrant a color palette as this one.

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Spent an afternoon at the Mystic Seaport, a living history museum located along the river.

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The pastoral view across the river–it’s oh-so-New England.

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The Sabino steamboat. Built in 1908, it reminds me of FITZCARRALDO a bit.

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What else could I say about this clearly exceptional sea craft?

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A potential pirate ship (this one reminds me of the Captain’s Steak Joynt, which Milwaukeeans of a certain age will also remember).

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Mystic Seaport has a lot of neat old buildings…

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And a few novel, not-so-old structures, like this lighthouse replica.

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Back to the Bridge: I wonder if they’ve ever had to use that life-preserver (or if it’s just “for show”).

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