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Love locks like Paris found on East Texas bridge

Published: Jul. 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM CDT
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More than 100 love locks line this bridge in Tyler. (Source: KLTV Staff)
More than 100 love locks line this bridge in Tyler. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The keys are devoured by the water, love locked forever. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The keys are devoured by the water, love locked forever. (Source: KLTV Staff)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The romance of Paris can be found right in East Texas. You may have heard the tradition of lovers writing each other’s initials on a padlock, securing it to a bridge and tossing the key into the water below as a symbol of their love.

It used to be exclusive to two bridges in Paris, but we found a love-lock bridge, in Tyler, at Rose Rudman Trail.

When you hit the fork go right. Follow the path over two bridges until you find the one.

“It’s a little midway-like section, and there’s one there and it’s pretty fantastic that it’s in rural places, not just Paris,” said Kathrine Empier, a frequent runner on the trail.

From one end to the other, locks line the rail. More than one hundred locks are clipped to the bars.

“I just looked at them, see the dates and the initials,” said Sarah Smith, another frequent runner on the trail.

Each one has its own story and lovers' initials along with anniversary dates. Keys tossed in the river are devoured by the water, love locked forever.

“I think it’s very cute. I mean it’s interesting how people, you know, show their love with a padlock and then throw the key off the bridge,” Smith said.

There are many rumors about how the tradition started, perhaps during WWI.

“And so other people started doing it so that they wouldn’t lose love like she did. So, it started as a woman who died of a broken heart,” Empier explained one version.

Paris is perhaps the most-famous spot, but now locks can be found on bridges all across the world.

“It’s growing into a huge phenomenon. I think that’s fantastic that it’s not just in one place, that it’s everywhere,” said Empier.

After one lock-covered gate in Paris collapsed in June, many cities, like Brooklyn, are banning love locks from their bridges.

“I think it’s a little bit more adorable when it’s on the smaller bridges. Less traffic,” Empier said.

For now, the fate of the Tyler locks is safe, so long as they survive the runners and all the ups and downs of love.

We reached out to the City of Tyler to see if they knew about the locks. They said they did.

We have not heard back about the fate of the Tyler locks, but as of now, there are no signs or rules posted.

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