It's been 75 years since the United States was first connected to Canada through Jefferson County. The milestone anniversary of the Thousand Islands bridge was celebrated Saturday.
The two lane bridge has created an important international trade route and is something very special to the north country. Particularly, two sisters, Flora Sheldon and Lucia Bliss, who were there in the beginning.
"There was eight of us in the car my mom, my dad and six of us children and we all were there getting ready to go over and I thought oh my goodness I'm so afraid," said Flora Sheldon, who was at the grand opening.
The building of the bridge that connected the North Country to Canada was a big deal back then. At the time even President Franklin Roosevelt and the Canadian Prime Minister came out to the grand opening.
"There was a great sense of pride to have a structure not only connecting the two countries but connecting families and connecting relationships that have existed for many, many centuries," said Robert Horr, Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.
The sisters say they're grateful for the bridge which has helped to make their trips to Canada a little bit easier.
"It's a great feeling in my heart that this 1000 Islands Bridge was built, so that the two countries could be connected," said Sheldon.
A connection the two sisters have appreciated, As they used the Bridge to travel over the past 75 years. It's A connection they share with many other travelers. Representatives from the thousand Island's Bridge Authority say more than two million vehicles travel on the Thousand Islands Bridge each year. Sisters Lucia Bliss and Flora Sheldon hope travelers continue to use the Bridge that has brought them so much joy, for years to come.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, Watertown, NY