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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Nod Brook Culvert

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Nod Brook Railroad Culvert

East elevation, taken from the Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area

Photo taken by Ian Martin in December 2020

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BH Photo #486629

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Description 

From the Connecticut Historic Bridges Inventory: "The bridge takes the form of a semi-circular arch ten feet in length and five feet high at the crown. The ring stones (including the entire length of the barrel) are carefully cut quarry-faced brownstone blocks, with spandrels and short wing walls constructed out of similar ashlar masonry."

The inventory form gives a build year of 1849 (same as the railroad). However, this arch is similar in design and is immediately adjacent to Rosewood Road arch (http://bridgehunter.com/ct/hartford/bh68098/), whose inventory form indicates a build year of 1878 to replace a trestle north of Avon. It seems more likely that both arches were constructed at the same time, along with the high embankment above.

Facts 

Overview
Stone culvert bridge over Nod Brook on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
Location
Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built circa 1878
Railroads
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
Design
Stone arch culvert
Dimensions
Total length: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.81920, -72.82580   (decimal degrees)
41°49'09" N, 72°49'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/680575/4631988 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 91359 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 6, 2020: New photo from Ian Martin

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