Caleb L.

Shediac, New Brunswick

New Brunswick Provincial Heritage Fair

Priceville Footbridge Tragedy

In May 1939, in the small town of Priceville New Brunswick a tragedy occurred that would remain in the minds of many even now, when the local footbridge collapsed claiming the lives of three and injuring two.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

When I found that my great great aunt was a witness to the tragedy I found that extremely interesting!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

To learn from the past, the more knowledge you have the less mistakes will be made.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life today is very different than the lives of those in Priceville in 1939. It was normal for those people to cross a bridge that swung and looked extremely dangerous. I have it much easier than them, to cross something like that for me, I would find that extremely scary but for them it was normal daily life.


Bonita Greydanus
Well done. My grandparents were Henry and Mae Price. I crossed that bridge many times as child and as adult. Short way to get to Priceville when roads were flooded. I listened to that story many times from my grandfather.
2020-06-27 12:21:11 PM

Wendy and Bernie Bentley
Hi Caleb.You did a wonderful telling the story of the Priceville Tragedy. I have visited this Swinging Bridge many times.Best of Luck in your work.
2020-06-27 11:17:54 AM

Wendy and Bernie Bentley
Hi Caleb. You did a great job on telling the history of this Swinging Bridge. I have visited it many times .Wish you much luck .
2020-06-27 11:16:28 AM

Olive Ashfield
Hello, Caleb,

I am the daughter of Clyde Price, the man who held the canoe steady in the raging waters while Tom Wilson used his wire cutters to free Lawrence Price from the bridge.

Great presentation! It’s great to see young folk keeping history alive!! 😊. Best wishes in your future endeavors!

Olive (Price) Ashfield
2020-06-27 10:14:03 AM

Dale Price
Great presentation Caleb, David Price was my father, I spent many times haging out at the footbridge growing up. My father was there at the dedication of the reopening after the last upgrades as a guest speaker. Once again thank you for such a nice presentation.
2020-06-27 5:12:15 AM

My goodness - what a story. Thanks for explaining what happened, Caleb. Great presentation.
2020-06-21 11:08:12 PM

Allen ZeesmaN
Good job Caleb! I really enjoyed your presentation.
2020-06-17 9:34:28 PM

Lise Martin-Keilty
Hi Caleb,
I am a high school teacher from Fredericton and during the COVID lock down, went for a drive to visit the Priceville bridge for the first time. I remembered a student exploring this topic at our local heritage fair a few years ago. You are a great presenter and I enjoyed watching your video. Great job!
2020-06-17 5:47:46 PM

John Woodcock
Great job Caleb! So well presented , hope you'll do more of these in the future !
2020-06-17 3:04:57 PM

A presentation well done!! I know you worked hard on this but I also know history is your passion! Good luck!
2020-06-12 3:38:05 PM

Theresa LeBlanc
That was extremely interesting. I never knew that such a footbridge existed in New-Brunswick. Very impressive presentation of this story.
2020-06-12 7:00:23 AM

Elizabeth Morrison
Congratulations on a wonderful video. Thank you for sharing a bit of our history with the wider country,
2020-06-11 6:35:41 PM

Belinda Price
I grew up in Priceville and used that bridge almost every day to go to the skating rink the baseball fields and the swimming hole. At one time the floods took the boards on part of the bridge and we would cross using the cables only.
2020-06-11 3:53:55 PM

Arlene Betts
Very well done and I wish you much luck! Willard Price was my uncle.
2020-06-11 2:14:34 PM

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