Odd Pueblo: Rattlesnake Bridge

Odd Pueblo is a feature of funky stuff around town.
The amazing structure called the Rattlesnake Bridge snakes across Broadway near downtown Tucson.

Conceived by artist Simon Donovan, the bridge has won a number of awards for its unique metalwork and ability to reproduce a diamondback rattlesnake that will not kill you.

Many think the bridge is just part of an overall scheme to get from point A to point B. But we know better.

Sure, the bridge does add to the really neat plan to make Tucson totally accessible by bicycle, Segway and on foot while avoiding major roadways. Yet it has a deeper meaning and power.

An ancient Broadway legend has it that if you cross the bridge anywhere from one to six times you will be protected from rattlesnake bites during December. Cross it seven to 12 times and your protection extends to the remainder of the year. Cross it the unlucky 13 times and you better just stay home since rattlesnakes will purposely seek you out.

All protection, however, will be voided if you romp about barefoot in rattlesnake territory without watching your step.

More bridge photos.



This Odd Pueblo was brought to you thanks to reader L.L.

Do you know of any funky, funny or somewhat strange stuff around town? E-mail a photo and/or description to rynski@tucsoncitizen.com.

I will not necessarily research why it’s there or where it came from, but I will come up with several humorous theories.


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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8 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Rattlesnake Bridge

  1. azmouse says:

    I’m going to keep my eyes open, and carry a camera with me, because I know there are some interesting sites to behold in our fair city.
    I love Tucson!

  2. azmouse says:

    Hey! I need an avatar!

  3. azmouse says:

    So, how do we create our avatar? (yeah, I feel like a dummy)

    What about doing restaraunt revies?


  4. azmouse says:

    ( I meant “reviews”)

  5. Downtown Denizen says:

    I think the Arizona Daily Star is doing a “weird stuff” column each week.

  6. Rynski says:

    Hey AZ Mouse –
    Avatars coming soon! That’s one of the glitches still being ironed out, along with registration.

    YES – please travel with camera and send photos my way.

    If you know anyone who wants to write restaurant reviews, send them our way (do you want to write them?)


    Hi Downtown Denizen –
    that would be weird to have so many weird things being discussed!

  7. Bambino says:

    I like the pictures. But the bridge looks cool too.

  8. azmouse says:

    Hello Ryn-
    Thanks for the reply, and I look forward to all the updates.

    I love reading restaurant reviews, but I’m not sure how good I’d be at writing them. I’d hit every mexican food place in town! 🙂
    So much for my ‘girlish’ figure. lol
    I’ll try to scrounge someone up who has better skills at writing than I do.

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