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Bridge of Flowers

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Photo Credit: ToddC4176 at en.wikipedia.org

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BH Photo #211103

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Deerfield River on Garden and Water Line
Location
Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1908 as a trolley and pipeline bridge. Abandoned by trolley in 1926. Converted to a garden in 1929.
Builder
- Fred T. Ley Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts
Railroads
- Interurban
- Rail-to-trail
- Shelburne Falls & Colrain Street Railway (SF&C)
Design
Closed spandrel deck arch.
Dimensions
Total length: 400.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.60413, -72.74048   (decimal degrees)
42°36'15" N, 72°44'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/685352/4719330 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shelburne Falls
Inventory number
BH 49463 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • August 30, 2011: New Street View added by Ben Tate
  • August 30, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth

Sources 

Comments 

Bridge of Flowers
Posted November 4, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There are plenty of concrete arches that could receive this treatment but the real potential here is for convincing people that something similar could be done if needed to get public support for preserving old trusses. Just saying "pedestrian walkway" doesn't excite as many people as "public garden".

Franklin County, Massachusetts
Posted August 30, 2011, by Ben Tate

It's refreshing to scroll through a county's page and see 27 historic bridges open to traffic and only 1 bridge closed to traffic. That one bridge has a movement to save it also.

Bridge of Flowers
Posted August 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fascinating... Not too many bridges that have their own website.