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"Dad" Gandy's "wild, visionary scheme"

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Title:
"Dad" Gandy's "wild, visionary scheme"
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Bridges -- Florida -- Tampa Bay   ( lcsh )
Gandy Bridge (Hillsborough County, Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the building of the Gandy Bridge across the Tampa Bay.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 22, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221475
oclc - 649701656
usfldc doi - D33-0131
usfldc handle - d33.131
System ID:
SFS0000512:00001


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i02 "DAD" GANDY'S "WILD, VISIONARY SCHEME" By HAMPTON DUNN ST. PETERSBURG --"The bridge is built!" This pronouncement by George S. (Dad) Gandy himself at noon on Nov. 20, 1924, constituted one of the shortest speeches on record, but it packaged victory ov er the years of disappointments and discouragements which would have stumped a less determined person. Opening of the famed Gandy Bridge across Old Tampa Bay was a dream the former Philadelphia industrialist had nurtured for 20 years before it became a re ality. The skeptics, the scoffers and the kibitzers ridiculed Gandy and labeled his pet idea as a "wild, visionary scheme." Home folks laughed and the financiers on Wall Street were not interested at first, but Gandy persisted. World War I set back his ti me table but he renewed the project when peacetime came. In 1922, Gandy decided to "go public." A color ful promoter named Eugene M. Elliott and a crew of super salesmen conducted a razzle dazzle campaign and sold $2 million worth of preferred stock in 12 2 days! Dad Gandy moved fast and began construction. Overcoming obstacles all the way, including bad weather, Gandy finished the long structure and it was dedicated by Gov. Cary A. Hardee with Governors from 16 other states looking on. (Two additional lan es in a twin span were added in 1954). Gandy Bridge operated as a toll span until World War II when then Sen. Claude Pepper was instrumental in getting President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare the bridge necessary to the war effort because of its use by MacDill Air Force personnel and the Government bought it.

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