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Higgin's Mill Bridge

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concrete bridges are still being made in this general simple style in the bi-county area.

Photo taken by Andrew Pearce in September 2012

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Description 

Less than 200 yards SW of the more widely known Higginsville Road pair of through trusses, the Higgin's Mill Bridge marks where the Higgins brothers had their grist mill in the early 19th century.

significance? 

Written by Andrew Pearce

An insignificant culvert crossing; one of the several very minor crossings on the aptly named Three Bridges Road, which itself has 6 major bridges attached to it and yet no bigger bridge of it's own than this one.

But it's the name that is important. There has never officially been a place called Higginsville in this very western corner of Somerset County, but the Higgins family has lived in the area since the late 1790s/early 1800s, and still has descendants in the county.

So the bridge is named after a mill that existed perhaps 100 years before this bridge was built, though the odds are very good that this concrete span replaced a simple wooden plank or kingpost crossing. No trace of the mill remains, but it was still extant in 1881.

Facts 

Overview
Concrete culvert bridge over possible mill spillway into South Branch Raritan River on Three Bridges Road
Location
Somerset County, New Jersey
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1928 by Snook Bros
Builder
- Snook Brothers
Design
Concrete culvert
Dimensions
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Deck width: 30.0 ft.
Also called
Three Bridges Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.50720, -74.78614   (decimal degrees)
40°30'26" N, 74°47'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/518119/4484075 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Flemington
Inventory number
BH 53523 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1928 (1,123)
Built during 1920s (9,460)
Culvert (1,233)
New Jersey (1,312)
Open (38,118)
Owned by county (19,991)
Snook Brothers (1)
Somerset County, New Jersey (108)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,687)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2012: Essay added by Andrew Pearce

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Comments 

Higgin's Mill Bridge
Posted August 6, 2017, by Anonymous

Just saying.............Hate those people who think they know everything, they make it so difficult for those of us who do.......Just Saying

Higgin's Mill Bridge
Posted August 6, 2017, by Justin

It's called the Higgins Mill Bridge because that's the name on the official name on the plaque.

Also:

https://bridgehunter.com/nj/somerset/18A0605/

https://bridgehunter.com/nj/somerset/18A0601/

Higgin's Mill Bridge
Posted August 6, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

It states here that the mill was originally constructed in the "Early Nineteenth Century"... So about 200 years ago. And it was last reported in existence in 1881... 136 years. So I think that qualifies as more than 60 years.

Due to several different reasons (Mostly the negative influences of man)... Many of the rivers and streams in this country are only remnants of what they once were.

Higgin's Mill Bridge
Posted August 6, 2017, by Robert Simmers (Robt [dot] simmers [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I'm not sure why you state this bridge location was once the site of Higgin's Mill. This waterway hasn't been able to turn a water wheel for the past 60 years - at least. How do you know that the builder knew the correct name for the waterway and didn't just cast a name he found convenient?

On your posting for the real Higginsville Bridge you reference Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth; yet you decline to accept the reference to Higgin's Mill as described in that source. http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...

I fail to see how you have deduced that Higgin's Mill was located near this bridge from the source you quote above: "Snell's History." The description from that source could just as easily describe the old mill - known as Higgin's Mill back in the middle of the 20th century - near the intersection of Higginsville road and Woodfern Road.

I also don't see why you decline to acknowledge the existence of the crossroads settlement of Higginsville at that same intersection - a place still in existence, although not an incorporated community. Holth refers to Higginsville in his reference to the South Bridge of the Higginsville Road: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=ne...