The 1933 Denham Suspension Bridge into Guyana’s Hinterland
By Dmitri Allicock
Set like gems in the crown of South America, nestled on the North-Eastern shoulder, defying the raging Atlantic Ocean, Guyana’s many waterways reflect the source of its name “The Land of Many Waters”. These waterways are natural highways which link all the regions of Guyana including the mineral and forestry rich highlands.
In November 1933 a bridge was constructed over the Garraway Stream, linking Mahdia to Bartica by trail. This cable suspension bridge was named “Denham Bridge” after the then Colonial Governor Sir Edward Denham. The Denham Suspension Bridge, which is also called the Garraway Stream Bridge, served as a vital access to the early Gold and Diamond fields of Guyana.
The bridge was erected directly over the Potaro River at an area referred to as Garraway Stream. It was constructed by Scotsman John Aldi, a civil engineer and general contractor who was interred at Bartica’s Sorrow Hill Cemetery where he joined many of the early settlers in making Guyana their permanent home. Read more - 1933 DENHAM BRIDGE
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