Nathan, this is not the first time an alarmist Ironworker has posted images or comments on "Occupy" or "left leaning" blogs that suggest most metal bridges are deficient and need to go.
In October there were pre-renovation pictures of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge circulated around the blogosphere sparking several "Fix it now, give us jobs" diaries.
The discussion on this entry found at Daily Kos with comments initiated by campionrules where the truth comes out.
We do not need misinformation accidental or deliberate.
Some ironworkers are craftsmen. Others are, politely said, somewhat less than that. One ironworker who falls into the "lesser" category has been spreading lies amongst the "Occupy" movement in Boston. According to this article, rivets were not used on bridges after 1930. His comments also imply that bridges that have rivets are dangerous and should be replaced. He is wrong. This bridge can and should be preserved. http://rebuildthedream.com/blog/2011/11/14/jobs-not-cuts-in-boston-november-17/#comment-4531
A photo of the bridge and a Boston bound el train. 1911
The S.S. John Hathorne was backing out of a grain dock in December 1945 and got caught in a tidal surge, taking a chunk out of the bridge and leaving the el unsupported. Temporary repairs were made immediately, but it took til March 1946 before everything was all back together.
Boston Elevated stock certificates had an engraving of an el train crossing the bridge.
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Here's a photo of the Charlestown High Bridge being built. I'm not sure why they called it the High Bridge - it doesn't look that high. The stone masons are hard at work, and I'm sure the river channel is down there somewhere.
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