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Slade's Ferry Bridge


Slade's Ferry Bridge

Slade's Ferry Bridge over Taunton River

Postcard: Skip Gatermann Collection.

BH Photo #149605


Lost double-decker truss bridge over Taunton River on Remington Avenue
Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Built 1875; Swing span struck 1932 by a tanker and replaced with a bascule; Replaced 1970
- American Bridge Company of Chicago, Illinois
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Old Colony Railroad (OC)
- Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad (PW&B)
Whipple through truss swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.72692, -71.15233   (decimal degrees)
41°43'37" N, 71°09'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/320983/4621695 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fall River
Inventory number
BH 43652 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2018: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • September 15, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • February 8, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • August 24, 2015: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 21, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added images and information.
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 21, 2011: Updated by Frank Hicks: Added GPS coordinates
  • November 20, 2009: Added by Skip Gatermann



Slade's Ferry Bridge
Posted April 27, 2011, by Al Makein (admakein [at] verizon [dot] net)

I worked for the company that took the bridge down in 1970. I was 18 at the time dong general labor on the project.

The fencing along the walkway was taken off and donated to the maritime museum where it was installed as part of the landscaping. The soap stone panel in the control room was also donated to the museum. I do not the current status of those items.

I was also present when the draw span was cut loose from the counter weight where upon the counter weight crushed the span between the old turn table and the granite structure that supported draw span and control house. Nobody was injured, but it was a very a dangerous situation.

Each section of the bridge on the Fall River side was floated off on a barge and towed to Tiverton where it was cut up at Kidd's Construction Company's yard.

As a young man it was a great adventure and I worked with many interesting people. That job allowed me to save enough money for my first year of college.

It is good to see a new bridge going up to replace the Brightman Street Bridge.

Ironically there was discussion about that bridge being replaced back in 1970.