In the early 2000s, lovers in Europe began a fad.
They wrote their name, initials or something else of meaning on a padlock, put the lock on chain link fences on bridges over the continent’s rivers and tossed the key into the river below, signifying that their love has been locked away forever.
The fad seems to have spread to Dalton in recent months.
Approximately 50 “love locks” have been placed on Tibbs Road on the I-75 overpass.
Some have a couple’s names, “I love you” or hearts drawn on the lock. Many have dates. Some are blank. One reads “Pickle and Peanut.”
Another says “Derrick loves Ashley” with a heart drawn around it. Two have ribbons tied to them.
One woman said she and her boyfriend placed a lock on the overpass and threw the key into nearby woods to lock their love away since the interstate runs below this bridge. She said she thought the fad was started in Dalton by a girl who had spent time in Europe last summer and saw the many bridges there with padlocks on them.
One of the most famous places for the locks is, of course, in the City of Love, Paris.
There are an estimated 700,000 locks around the city, according to a story from March 31 on The Guardian’s website (theguardian.com). Locks were originally placed on the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché, but are now on several bridges across the Seine River, including several smaller foot bridges.
An article on CNN’s website (cnn.com) from April 2 states there are 700,000 locks estimated on the Pont des Arts alone.
According to several media outlets, including The Guardian, CNN and USA Today, the locks in Paris may soon be limited as a campaign is underway by two Americans living in Paris to stop people from putting locks on the bridges. It is called No Love Locks. The women, Lisa Anselmo and Lisa Taylor Huff, started the campaign in January, saying they are concerned damage is being caused by the thousands of heavy locks hanging on the historic bridges across the Seine.
Some cities in Europe and in America cut similar locks off bridges and discourage people from hanging locks on public property.
Dalton City Administrator Ty Ross and Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said the locks have not been addressed by city officials.
“We have not discussed it as a public safety aspect or a public works aspect,” Ross said. “We’ll deal with it as it comes up.”
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