One of the places I wanted to visit on my recent trip to Sturbridge, Massachusetts was the Frog Bridge in nearby Willimantic, Connecticut. The bridge, which connects Routes 66 and 32 across the Willimantic River, was completed in 2000. But why would it have 11-foot high frogs sitting on spools of thread?
Willimantic is known as Thread City. During the mid 19th century there were several cotton mills that produced thread in Willimantic. This explains the thread spools on the bridge. But what about the frogs?
According to legends, one evening in 1754, the townspeople were awakened by a terrible noise. Fearing they were being attacked, they rushed outside with their muskets. Much to their surprise, what they found the next morning were lots and lots of dead frogs. This frog "attack" is sometimes called the War of the Frogs or the Frog Fight. When reading about the frog "war", it appears that back when it happened, the townspeople were quite embarrassed, but 250 years later they are amused.
When it came time to build their new bridge over the Willimantic River, the residents were able to convince the state authorities to hire an architect to erect this unusual bridge that showcases their history. I doubt you'll ever see such a sight anywhere else except in the town of Willimantic, Connecticut.
You can read more about the War of the Frogs here.