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B&A - Whistler Bridge #6

Photos 

Side Walls Of Western Abutment From The East

Photo taken by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #289328

Map 

Description 

One of the original stone bridges on "Whistler's Western." Bypassed (along with #3, #4, and #5) in a 1911-12 line relocation and subsequently abandoned. Post-abandonment, the bridge was destroyed in a 1927 flood.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Stone arch bridge over West Branch of Westfield River on Original B&A Alignmenr
Location
Middlefield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Demolished
History
Built 1840, abandoned 1912, lost 1927
Builders
- Alexander Birnie (stonemason)
- George Washington Whistler of Fort Wayne, Indiana (designer)
Railroad
- Boston & Albany Railroad (B&A; BA)
Design
Stone arch
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Middlefield-Becket Stone Arch Railroad Bridge District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.30942, -73.01799   (decimal degrees)
42°18'34" N, 73°01'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/663350/4686033 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 61960 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

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