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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Hamden Stone Arch

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Hamden Stone Arch

West side

Photo taken by Ian Martin in January 2021

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BH Photo #488458

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Description 

Stone arch on the former NYNH&H Canal Line, now the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail/East Coast Greenway, in the Hamden Plains section of Hamden. Presently located between a shopping center to the west and wetlands to the east.

The western side has been mostly filled in, though the top of the arch remains visible, while the east side remains intact. The arch appears to be constructed from brownstone and may be part of the original railroad construction in 1848-49.

It's unclear whether the arch was constructed as a farm underpass or across a watercourse. A 1949 aerial seems to show an unnamed tributary of the Mill River crossing beneath the railroad, but later images seem to show it being used as an underpass for an industrial site that previously occupied the area.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
Location
Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut
Status
Open to pedestrians only; partially filled in
Railroads
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Design
Stone arch
Also called
NH Canal Line Bridge 4.78
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.36231, -72.92138   (decimal degrees)
41°21'44" N, 72°55'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/673858/4581063 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 91877 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2021: New photos from Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin