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Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge 21-02-01 #2

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Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge 21-02-01 #2

Photo taken by Jack Schmidt July 2014

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BH Photo #312972

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Description 

"The Oldest Covered Bridge In Massachusetts" While various sources claim a build date for this bridge as 1832 or 1837, the historical marker on site claims 1854 as the correct date. In 1981 a restoration project was undertaken by Milton Graton Assoc. of Ashland, NH. The bridge was lifted off its moorings, put on rollers, and moved to the west bank. The twisted span was straightened, rotted timbers were replaced, returning it to its original condition. In 1994 the bridge was destroyed by fire set by three teenage arsonists. The present replacement bridge was completed in 1999.

Facts 

Overview
Town lattice truss bridge over Housatonic River on Covered Bridge Lane
Location
Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1832; arsoned 1994, rebuilt 1998
Design
Town lattice through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 93.0 ft.
Also called
Sheffield Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.12391, -73.35460   (decimal degrees)
42°07'26" N, 73°21'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/636005/4664844 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ashley Falls
Inventory numbers
WGCB 21-02-01 #2 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 59557 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description
  • January 9, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 15, 2014: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • May 26, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Fixed some errors and omissions
  • February 4, 2014: Added by Jack Schmidt

Sources 

  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge 21-02-01 #2
Posted July 14, 2014, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are correct. The "Lower Sheffield Covered Bridge" spanned the Housatonic River downstream of the "Upper" one. It was built in 1953 by the Timber Engineering Co. of Washington, D.C. using their TECO connectors for greater strength. It was 135 ft. long & 24 ft wide, enough for three cars to pass. It is referenced in "Covered Bridges of the Northeast" by Richard Sanders Allen, 1974. I don't know what happened to it; I believe it was gone by the 1980's.

Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge 21-02-01 #2
Posted July 14, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I remember a covered bridge book released in 1987 listing a Lower Sheffield Covered Bridge around this area. It was a newer covered bridge built in 1950s and listed as found closed. There seems to be little information regarding the Lower Sheffield or status. I'm guessing it must be gone.