The old blue bridge from Russell to Ironton opened Aug. 21, 1922 and saw its final official passengers Nov. 23, 2016. A few hours later the new span was officially dedicated and open for traffic. The Russell and Ironton bands took part as did Boy Scouts and many officials. Two, 101-year-old ladies took the last ride and first ride in a 1926 Ford. Della Burton, waving, of Russell and Verna Mae Slone of Ironton took part in the ceremonies. Shown are pictures of construction of the old bridge along with the opening day picture from 1922.