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A groundbreaking for the Tinker Swiss Cottage Suspension Bridge will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Grounds, 411 Kent St., Rockford.
In 1865, Robert Tinker built a Swiss Cottage on a limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek in downtown Rockford. Five years later, in an attempt to link his estate to the home of Mary Manny on the far bank, Tinker constructed a swinging bridge across the creek. Later that year, Mary and Robert Tinker married.
The bridge stood as a Rockford landmark until 1976, when it was razed due to its deteriorating condition. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum has long planned to reconstruct the bridge. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is supported in part by the Rockford Park District. Info: 964-2424.