Why the Y?

Local News

It’s a unique architectural object that continues to inspire artists and visitors to the City of Zanesville each day.

The Y-Bridge landmark is somewhat of an oddity to outsiders, but to those living in the Y-city, the bridge is something special.

Even driving some to use the bridge as inspiration for their work.

“The Y-Bridge just has a great appeal to me,” said Zanesville artist Joesph Murphy. “You can stand anywhere around it and it’s interesting to look at. It has such history.”

A mixed media artist from Cambridge Gary Rochus added, “It’s an interesting architectural feature because it’s a Y of course. I think from the artist aspect it has a lot of possibilities as far as creating something different and look different then what it really is.”

Originally from Japan, the “Y” was one of the first structures Kioye Howland saw in Zanesville and she fell in love.

“It’s so beautiful,” said Howland. “We don’t have places like this. When we first came here 26 years ago we come to here, so my husband take pictures and I paint.”

Other artists agree the bridge is special.

“It helped direct me to the beauty of this place,” said artist Nora Daniel. “We live in such a beautiful city here with the rivers and the waters. It’s just beautiful.”

“I really enjoy the colors and I like the landscape,” added Murphy. “It really inspires me to put the hills and the trees down on paper.”

The Y-Bridge served as the backdrop for the first annual Y-Bridge Festival this weekend.

Today local writers also shared their talents by reading stories they wrote about the famous structure.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.