Not many people know that Pete was also famous because of a bridge. Here is a picture of his banjo bridge…
The Seeger bridge
The "bridge" of Pete's banjo is somewhat unusual.
(For those unfamiliar with instruments like the banjo, the bridge is a piece of wood that sits on top of the head and transmits the vibrations from the strings that rest on top if it to the head and the rest of the banjo.)
The bridge on a banjo is usually a straight piece of wood, with 3 contact points, like this…
But the Seeger bridge has "outriggers" like this…
As I understand it, the point about the Seeger bridge is to excite a larger area near the center of the head than is possible with conventional style banjo bridges.
Now there is a proposal to name another bridge after Pete Seeger.
There is an old bridge called the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River north of New York City.
But the current Tappan Zee Bridge was built in the Korean War and was only designed to last 50 years. It carries much more traffic than it was designed for and it is crumbling. It has been called "one of the most decrepit and potentially dangerous bridges" in the US. Anything from further corrosion to a minor earthquake or a maritime accident could bring it tumbling down.
So the good people in New York State are building a brand new bridge across the Tappan Zee.
As you probably know, for almost the last 50 years of his life Pete was active in promoting action to clean up the Hudson River through the the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization, dealing with everything from PCB contamination of the river caused by industrial manufacturing, to pesticide runoff, to harbor dredge spoil disposal.
Everyone who enjoys water sports on the Hudson owes Pete Seeger a huge debt of thanks.
And now we can thank him, posthumously, in a very special way.
Let's name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Peter Seeger. What could be more appropriate?
The current Tappan Zee Bridge is really called the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.
Do you really want the new bridge to be called the Governor Andrew Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge? Or would you prefer the Governor Elliot Spitzer Tappan Zee Bridge?
It should be the Seeger Bridge.
The Seeger Bridge?
If you agree, then please go and sign the online petition at
Peter Seeger deserves to be commemorated by something more significant than a banjo bridge.