claiborne pell newport bridge

The Newport Bridge (now the Claiborne Pell Bridge) opened in 1969, making it the longest suspension bridge in New England.

It not only linked Rhode Islanders, but gave us a thing of beauty to look at as well.

Up until then, the Jamestown ferry carted people and their vehicles back and forth across Narragansett Bay. Gov. Frank Licht was the first person to cross the bridge on a brilliantly sunny day in June of that year.