There's a rather strange looking bridge in Bushnell, Illinois. The bridge is actually a love tribute.
This bridge is a love story, the story of Larry and Pat Payne of Bushnell, who were married for more than fifty years.
In all those happy years, they raised a family and built a life for themselves.
In April, Larry lost the love of his life to breast cancer.
Larry came up with a way to help his community and honor his wife at the same time. Along with some close friends, he built this bridge. It's made of a 40-foot semitrailer bed and natural oak. and it has a pink roof. âHad a lady the other day say, âWell I donât like the pink,ââ said Larry. âAnd I said, âWell, maybe you just donât understand that that pink is the cancer is what that means.ââ
The bridge crosses over a small creek separating two parts of the Bushnell Township Cemetery.
Pat and Larryâs daughter Christine says her father put his âheart and soul into it.â " It's a tribute to my mom and everyone else that's lost their fight to cancer."
âYou know sheâs smiling. I know sheâs smiling. And she had one of the prettiest smilesâ¦ thatâs what I said. I love my wife and thereâs nobody that loves anybody anymore than I do her,â Larry said.