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Hartford Toll Bridge (1818)

Photos 

Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #416642

Map 

Description 

A covered bridge with two roadways separated by a third arch in the middle. Four feet were added to the height of the old piers for greater clearance in times of flood. Despite this precaution, in January of 1839, a storm of wind and rain raised the level of the river high enough that ice swept away one of the spans on the East Hartford side. Traffic was forced to travel north to Enfield in order to cross the river. On May 17, 1895, a blaze started near the East Hartford end and quickly engulfed the entire bridge, destroying it totally. A temporary bridge was constructed upstream and opened June 8, 1895. In May, 1889, the bridge was bought by the State and the neighboring towns and made free to the public.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch through truss bridge connecting the towns of Hartford and East Hartford.
Location
East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Status
Destroyed by fire
History
Built 1818; Destroyed by fire 1895; replaced
Design
Burr arch-truss
Also called
Hartford Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.76957, -72.66560   (decimal degrees)
41°46'10" N, 72°39'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/694031/4626826 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hartford North
Inventory number
BH 80157 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2020: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • January 19, 2018: Added by Dave King

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Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com