Desmond Down Under

Gerald Desmond bridge Circa October 1965

Gerald Desmond bridge
Circa October 1965

The Gerald Desmond bridge is slated for demolition with the next two years. Soon to be replaced by a bridge design found in Boston. This iconic and highly used bridge, strangely enough, holds a boatload of memories for anyone in the area who has ever traveled to San Pedro , ports o call or gone on a cruise.

I first became introduced to Desmond on a hot august day, traveling its path to my new home at the ripe age of 18. By the hospitality and expense of the U.S Navy, I became familiar with the roller coaster ride of the Desmond, each time either a sense of relief going into town or dread, going to the base.

My fondest memory was December 22, 1970. Crossing once again as I had so many times before, window down in Jackie’s truck (a good friend at the time), wind in my hair as I dangerously leaned out the window tossing my military hat to the depths below. Well, that’s the way I like to remember it.

Or how about the time Jackie (my good friend remember) and I crossed over to Mc Clouds ring works to pick out her rings for our future wedding. Oh, Desmond, you are a road well traveled and the holder of many memories.

I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.

Desmond Down Under will be for sale along with a few other photos. >

Next months post will explain in more detail.


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