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Trumbull Street Footbridge (1864)


Published prior to 1923


BH Photo #416615


A pedestrian truss bridge built on the Truesdell patent crossing the Park River from the corner of Trumbull and Jewell streets to access Bushnell Park.


Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath to Bushnell Park in Hartford.
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1864; replaced 1915
- A.D. Briggs & Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts
Truesdell pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.76473, -72.67653   (decimal degrees)
41°45'53" N, 72°40'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/693137/4626264 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hartford North
Inventory number
BH 80152 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 20, 2018: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • February 17, 2018: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • January 24, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added A.D.Briggs as most likely builder.
  • January 18, 2018: Added by Dave King

Related Bridges 



Trumbull Street Footbridge (Old)
Posted January 24, 2018, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

If this is a Truesdell patant bridge--and I have no reason to doubt it--then it was most likely erected by the firm of A. D. Briggs of Springfield, Mass. According to the Hartford (CT) Weekly Times of May 17,1873, "In 1863 Mr. Truesdell sold the rights to build bridges in New England to Mr. A.D.Briggs of Springfield, who has erected about 40 of the Truesdell bridges between that and the present time." Lucius E. Truesdell was from Warren, MA, a short distance east of Springfield, which may partially explain why the Briggs company was chosen.

Trumbull Street Footbridge (Old)
Posted January 18, 2018, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

If my eyes don't deceive me that looks like a Truesdell truss. The design & details look pretty close to the remaining example up in NH: