Akron and Cuyahoga Falls spectators gather at both ends of the new $2 million High Level Bridge before the grand parade July 13, 1949.
This view is looking north from the Akron approach on North Main Street. At left is the closed concrete bridge on North Howard Street. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Officials attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1949 at the High Level Bridge. Pictured are bridge committee chairman William F. Jones (left), Ohio Gov. Frank Lausche, Summit County Commissioner Ralph C. Kibler, County Engineer Arthur Ranney (with scissors), project superintendent Carl Smith and Akron Mayor Charles Slusser. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Spectators line North Main Street in anticipation of the parade to open the High Level Bridge on July 13, 1949. Officials estimated the crowd at more than 100,000 in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
Following the dedication of the High Level Bridge, thousands dance the night away along State Road on the Cuyahoga Falls approach. The American Federation of Musicians band provided music. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)