During the summers of 1955 and 1956 I spent many a long afternoon lying on the grass by the old swimming pool watching as the two side of the bridge came together. There was a regular group of guys who hung out down there. I will name as many as I can recall but am sure I will leave someone out. Jack Bakely, Jake Miller, Dick Fitzpatrick, Bobby Bevan, Joey Brandt, Albie Brandt, Billy Kimmey, John Mullen, Denny Stinsman, Geo Cleary, Frankie Herman, Joe and Hootie DiGiacamo, Gordie Thomas, Jimmy Fritz, Ken Keenan, Ken Keezer, Pete Pitzo and more. We use to play a game called "Pinch the Castle" if you are not familiar with it shame on you. It was brutal.
(Photo taken 1996 from Proprietors Park, Gloucester City looking north towards the Walt Whitman Bridge).
I worked for Joe Nunes the summer of 1956 in the mornings delivering ice to the workers up on the bridge. It was awesome watching those guys do their jobs and still laugh and kid around even with a runt like me.
One of the things I have bragged about to people for the last 50 years is that a week or so before the bridge had its official opening a group of us snuck onto the bridge and walked and crawled ( they had watchmen) more than halfway over so that we could lay claim to being the first over.
It was a great time of life in Gloucester at that time and has left me with some great memories.