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Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge

Photos 

MA 11M 1

Photo taken by Chester Gehman 09/18/1983

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BH Photo #371605

Map 

Description 

Bridge was actually located on a small section of Pumpkin Hollow Road in Great Barrington. A wooden pony truss of a bowstring nature was built in 1999 as a replacement. Apparently only the trusses were saved and are in storage in Great Barrington.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Green River on Pumpkin Hollow Road
Location
Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1888; replaced 1999
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Lenticular pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 58.1 ft.
Total length: 59.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.5 ft.
Also called
Hollenbeck Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.18786, -73.41319   (decimal degrees)
42°11'16" N, 73°24'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/631030/4671853 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Egremont
Inventory number
BH 61090 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added to description
  • June 8, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Modified description. Verified wood replacement.
  • May 28, 2014: Added by Chester Gehman

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2019, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This project is like a miniature version of the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD with its two large preserved bridges. Interesting. A little more sedate maybe.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hopefully they will install a plaque that gives the history of the bridge.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2019, by Dana

Fascinating! Thanks for make the journey in 83 AND Today.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 25, 2019, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Glad to see this little bridge given a new, if unorthodox, use. It was 36 years ago that I first photographed it. Here are some photos from last Saturday.

Chet

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Steve,

This article about the overall project makes note of the bridge in the article text, and also features a photo with the bridge prominent: https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/with-flying-church-re...

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 24, 2019, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Any newspaper story on this bridge? Seems it is newsworthy.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I agree that a second life as a ramp is better than not existing at all. I also agree with the idea of a plaque about the origins of the bridge.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I do hope they install a plaque on it telling the history so that people will know that those "railings" are actually part of an historic bridge.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 20, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Given that there are a number of these rare and nationally significant historic lenticular pony truss bridges that are abandoned and NOT being reused (and are so overgrown you can't even photograph them except during winter), I think this adaptive reuse is an outstanding outcome compared to the many others that remain overgrown and inaccessible. And if someone wants to see one of these bridges restored and reused in a more traditional manner, that's great, start fundraising and work to save one of the other abandoned lenticular pony truss bridges, just like this group did.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 19, 2019, by Luke

It becoming a fancy railing beats the alternative of it not existing at all, so I'm in camp "good reuse" with bonus points for ingenuity.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 19, 2019, by Daniel

It's too bad that at this point it's just a fancy looking railing, but at least it's something. Was it too far gone to serve as a span?

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

As much as I hate to see them narrowed, In this situation the floor beams were apparently scrapped. And I do have to admit it's one of the most creative reuses I have seen for an historic bridge!

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2019, by John Marvig

Wow, this is a really cool reuse of a historic bridge!

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2019, by Matt Lohry

Greatest wheelchair ramp ever!!

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 18, 2019, by paul (paul at pauls email dot com)

just installed the old bridge at 198 main street great barrington ma 01230.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Very good news. This is a rare type and should be out where it can be viewed and used.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted July 21, 2018, by paul joffe (paul [at] paulsemail [dot] com)

07/21/18

i purchased the bridge-remains from the town and i am working with engineers to re-erect it as an ADA compliant walkway to a rebuilt church on main street. it is being stored at the dump, although people here don't like that word. it should be moved to its final location on main street where it can be visited before winter 2018.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 11, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Its a long time, but we can still be optimistic. We've had a Leneticular pony up here in VT has been in storage for 21 years now, but we are on schedule to have it reused on a pedestrian path within the next 3 years. Hope they can find a home for this one sooner!

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 10, 2017, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Rumours are these trusses will be used somewhere-sometime but they have been at the Great Barrington Recycle Center for at least ten years--maybe more. These photos I took a couple of years ago.

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 6, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found the saved trusses of this bridge. Looks like they are at an old town dump:

https://tinyurl.com/ybfzapks

Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge
Posted June 8, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Pretty new bridge but why on earth didn't they fix the old one?!?