Springfield, MO – For years the name of “The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge” has been a source of classroom debates, heated dinner conversation and late-night radio station call-ins. FCN has attempted to bridge the gap between the name of the bridge and the reason for the name of the bridge. Many have speculated the bridge was named after lesser-known Springfield founder Jefferson Avenue, but that is merely hearsay.
According to inspections on the ground level, the bridge is not shaped like a foot. Areal footage obtained from the FCN chopper shows that the 562 foot structure that spans numerous rail lines from Commercial to Chase Avenue is not shaped like a foot when viewed from above either. The bridge is not shaped like a foot from any angle. It is actually shaped like more of a bridge shape than anything else.
Tom McMillan, a man on the sidewalk, stated that the bridge might look like an elongated letter M, but even that was a stretch. So why is it named “Footbridge”? Citizens claim the bridge is not one foot long, nor one foot wide. “That’d be just silly,” said McMillan.
The truth astounded most observers. According to anonymous sources, the building of the bridge was made possible decades ago by a generous grant from the Foot Clan, an allegedly fictional ninja group that served as the antagonists in the popular Ninja Turtles TV show and toy line. In 1987, Oroku Saki, head of the clan, decided to branch out from terrorism and senseless violence into philanthropy. And the Missouri Board of Governors was quite willing to accept his money. The rest is footbridge history.
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