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It's a Wonderful Bridge

Located along US Route 20 (and New York State Routes 5 and 414), Seneca Falls, New York is known for a fair number of important events throughout its history. This town located within the Finger Lakes region of New York State is the home to the Women's Rights National Historical Park, for one. It is also said that Seneca Falls is the inspiration for the fictional town of Bedford Falls in the Christmas holiday film classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

As Frank Capra was developing his screenplay for the movie, he visited Seneca Falls as he had relatives living nearby. There are a number of similarities between Bedford Falls and Seneca Falls, such as the buildings in the towns, the location of Bedford Falls in Upstate New York and the bridge where in the film, George Bailey jumped into the water to save Clarence. In real history, there was a man by the name of Antonio Varacalli, who drowned while rescuing a young woman who had jumped off that bridge. The story of that event was adapted for the film.

In modern times, Seneca Falls does its part in honoring the legacy of It's a Wonderful Life. There is a museum called The Seneca Falls It's a Wonderful Life Museum dedicated to the film located in Seneca Falls. As for that bridge where important scenes from the movie were set, Seneca Falls has a few items of note related to the movie located on the bridge itself. While the bridge scenes were filmed at a Hollywood studio, you can find the inspiration of the bridge crossing the Seneca River (also part of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal) right in downtown Seneca Falls.

Bridge Street Bridge photos:

I have some more Seneca Falls pictures located on my Flickr account as well for you to check out.

Sources and Links:
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