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Lower Rollstone Street Bridge


General View From Upper Roadway, Looking Northeast

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #154661

Street View 


Parker pony truss bridge over North Nashua River on Rollstone Street in Fitchburg
Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1870 by the National Bridge & Iron Works
- Charles H. Parker (Design)
- National Bridge & Iron Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Wrought- and cast-iron, pin-connected Parker pony truss
Span length: 111.0 ft.
Total length: 111.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.58425, -71.80644   (decimal degrees)
42°35'03" N, 71°48'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/269707/4718466 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44058 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • April 26, 2020: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • March 8, 2019: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • December 9, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • June 23, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Rollstone Street
  • February 8, 2010: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER MA-102 - Lower Rollstone Street Bridge, Spanning Nashua River on Rollstone Street, Fitchburg, Worcester County, MA
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Lower Rollstone Street Bridge
Posted August 20, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Based on the earlier photos, it appears that pedestrians were previously allowed to walk on the bridge. Not anymore. As of August 2020 the bridge is fenced off at both ends with tons of threatening signage about "No Trespassing Police Take Notice" and the like. Not to mention that the north approach is so badly overgrown that you can't even see the bridge.

Lower Rollstone Street Bridge
Posted March 8, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a hidden Gem that needs a new location and a restoration!

Lower Rollstone Street Bridge
Posted December 10, 2014, by Nels Raynor (Nels [at] bachsteel [dot] com)

This bridge has been on my radar for some time

I want it ....I want to preserve it ..it's on my list of bridges that truly deserve full restoration ...if not there then somewhere...I'm in pursuit !!