The rounded boulders used in the bridge are similar to ones found in the area. Col. Lansing H. Beach of the Army Corps of Engineers, Secretary of the Board of Control of Rock Creek Park and namesake of Beach Drive, is credited with the idea that a bridge made from natural boulders would work well in this location. Supposedly the extra large boulders resulted from a misunderstanding by the contractor. The contract called for "man-sized" stone, which meant stone that could be easily handled by a stone mason. Instead, the contractor went and found life-sized boulders. When Beach arrived at the site and discovered the work underway with the large boulders, he liked the way they looked. Although gathered within several miles of the park, the boulders did not come from the immediate vicinity of the bridge or from within Rock Creek Park. The finally-crafted bridge cost a total of $17,635.77 to build and clearly has held up exceptionally well through the years.
A recent view of the bridge on a summer afternoon.