Chester Gehman

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Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Burton Brook Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Burton Brook on US-44
June 17, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added NRHP
Holiday House Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost suspension bridge over Shepaug River
June 17, 2018: Added
Holiday House Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost suspension bridge over Shepaug River
June 17, 2018: New photos
Burton Brook Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Burton Brook on US-44
June 17, 2018: New Street View added
Burton Brook Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Burton Brook on US-44
June 17, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected name to BURTON Brook Bridge
PW - Shetucket River Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Shetucket River on Providence and Worcester Railroad
June 10, 2018: New photo
PW - Kinsman Hill Road Overpass (New London County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Kinsman Hill Road Exd on P&W Willimantic Branch
June 10, 2018: New photos
Washington Avenue Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Mad River on Washington Avenue in Waterbury
May 14, 2018: New photos
Hancock Brook Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Hancock Brook on Sheffield Street
May 14, 2018: New photos
Town Bridge Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge over Farmington River on Town Bridge Road in Canton
May 14, 2018: New photos
Drake Hill Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Parker through truss bridge over Farmington River on Drake Hill Road Bridge (Old Alignment)
May 14, 2018: New photos
Blenheim Bridge (Schoharie County, New York)
Covered bridge over Schoharie Creek on River Road
May 14, 2018: New photo
NH - Hawleyville Tunnel #2 (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned tunnel under Parmalee Hill Road on New Haven Railroad
May 13, 2018: New photos
NH - Hawleyville Tunnel #1 (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned tunnel under Parmalee Hill Road on Housatonic Railroad (old alignment)
May 13, 2018: New photos
Bolton Notch Tunnel (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Concrete arch bridge over Hop River Trail State Park on US 6 in Bolton
May 13, 2018: New photos
NH - Steep Rock Tunnel (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Tunnel on Shepaug, Litchfield & Northern Railroad bed
May 13, 2018: New photos
Lovers Leap Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lenticular through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Abandoned section of Pumpkin Hill Road
May 13, 2018: New photos
Boardman's Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lenticular through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Boardman Road (Bypasssed section)
May 13, 2018: New photos
Kensington Farm Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Abandoned bowstring pony truss bridge over Sandy Creek on Abandoned farm access road
May 13, 2018: New Street View added
Kensington Farm Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Abandoned bowstring pony truss bridge over Sandy Creek on Abandoned farm access road
May 13, 2018: Added
Bridgeport Bridge (Saginaw County, Michigan)
Pratt through truss bridge over Cass River on State Street
May 13, 2018: New photos
Lisbon Bridge (Columbiana County, Ohio)
Bowstring truss bridge formerly crossing Middle Fork Little Beaver Creek
May 11, 2018: New photos
Pine Creek Bridge (Crawford County, Pennsylvania)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Pine Creek on TR 993 (Messerall Road)
May 11, 2018: New photos
Crawford Creek Road- Crawford Creek (Old) (Allegany County, New York)
Abandoned Warren with alternating verticals pony truss bridge over Crawford Creek on Former Crawford Creek Road alignmnent
May 11, 2018: New photos
Private Road- Canacadea Creek (Allegany County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over Canacadea Creek on Private Road
May 9, 2018: New photos
Seneca Lake Inlet Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Abandoned bridge over Seneca Lake Inlet on Abandoned Road
May 9, 2018: New Street View added
Seneca Lake Inlet Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Abandoned bridge over Seneca Lake Inlet on Abandoned Road
May 9, 2018: Added
Nubia Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge on a pedestrian path in the town's park
May 9, 2018: New photos
Watkins Glen Footbridge (Schuyler County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Watkins Glen Gorge on a pedestrian trail at Watkins Glen State Park
May 9, 2018: New photos
Long Lane Road Bridge (Steuben County, New York)
Abandoned lenticular pony truss bridge over Cohocton River on Long Lane Road
May 5, 2018: New photos
Center Village Bridge (Broome County, New York)
Pratt through truss bridge over Susquehanna River on Old Bridge Street
May 5, 2018: New photos
Beach Road Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over West Branch Cayuga Inlet on Beach Road
May 5, 2018: New photo
Beach Road Bridge (Tompkins County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over West Branch Cayuga Inlet on Beach Road
May 4, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed "Beech Road" to "Beach Road"
Silk Road Bridge (Tioga County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over East Branch Owego Creek on Silk Road in Newark Valley
May 4, 2018: New photos
Keeney Settlement Bridge (Cortland County, New York)
Howe pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Pedestrian Trail
March 26, 2018: New photos
Farmington River Trail - Farmington River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Farmington River & Millrace on Farmington River Trail
March 24, 2018: New photos
Trumbull Street Footbridge (1864) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath
March 20, 2018: New photos
Red Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail (Former Oregon Road)
March 20, 2018: New photos
East Main Street Bridge 1897 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Through truss bridge over Farmington River
February 26, 2018: New photos
East Main Street Bridge 1878 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Bridge over Farmington River on East Main Street
February 26, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Renamed to avoid confusion
Melrose Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Abandoned lenticular pony truss bridge over Scantic River on an abandoned section of Melrose Rd
February 26, 2018: New photos
Amtrak - Farmington River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Farmington River & Pleasant Street on Amtrak Springfield Line
February 25, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added length & width data
Poquonock Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Farmington River on Poquonock Avenue
February 25, 2018: Added
Cider Brook Bridge 1904 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Through truss bridge over Farmington River on Old Farms Road
February 24, 2018: Added
Cider Brook Bridge 1883 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Other pony truss bridge over Farmington River on Old Farms Road
February 24, 2018: Added
Canal Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
A Truesdell patent bridge in the Collins Axe Company yard
February 23, 2018: Added
Upside-Down Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pennsylvania deck truss bridge over Dells Creek on Road
February 21, 2018: New photo
Shoddy Mill Road Bridge (Warren County, New Jersey)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Musconetcong River on Shoddy Mill Road
February 18, 2018: New photos
Trumbull Street Footbridge (1864) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath
February 17, 2018: New photo
Naubuc Avenue Bridge #2 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lattice pony truss bridge over Salmon Brook on Naubuc Avenue
January 27, 2018: New Street View added

Recent Comments 

Begins with SMOO ends with OOT
Posted June 18, 2018

What did Della-ware? Why, she wore a brand New Jersey!

Posted June 17, 2018

Take the roof off the hothouse, mother--the corn is growing tall tonight!

Company Name
Posted June 10, 2018

Julie:

According to Victor Darnell in his book "A Directory of American Bridge Building Companies 1840-1900"--The Penn Bridge Company is the only listing for Beaver Falls, 1868-1901. Also listed is a Western Pennsylvania Bridge Works in Pittsburgh for the year 1888. Not much help there.

Chet

Posted May 21, 2018

A likely candidate would be the Birmingham Iron Foundry of Birmingham (now Derby) CT

Watermarking
Posted May 12, 2018

For any of you who are considering watermarking your photos, there is a neat program out there that will do it for you.

Watermarking Pro 3.2.0 You can get it free through

Giveaway of the day.

Go to WWW.Giveawayoftheday.com They offer free software, but you must download and install in the 24 hours it is offered, so you have to do it today, May 12.

1. Download the program. You have to give an e-mail address and they will send you a link to the download page.

2. Read the readme file. It contains the registration key.

3. Install the program.

4. Copy and paste the Reg key.

Remember: You have to do this before the end of the day! Downloading it now and installing it tomorrow won't work.

The program offers many different styles of copyright data.

Pine Creek Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 11, 2018

I don't think it was changed. HAER lists it as Pine Creek Bridge At Messerall Road. Historicbridges.org lists it as Messerall Road Bridge. The original entry was probably based on the HAER data.

Bridge Comment
Posted May 1, 2018

I have found the following link to be helpful in understanding copyright law. We all should read it.

https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2012/03/06/copyright-and-th...

Posted April 1, 2018

Well, you sure suckered me. Realistically, though, I don't think many of us would object to being asked for a donation. Websites ain't free, except when loaded with pop-up advertising. Just thinking.

Posted February 27, 2018

Dana--

You are welcome. Looks like you've got it.

Lawrence MA--Witch Bridge
Posted February 25, 2018

Dana--

The "Witch Bridge" also known as the "Enchanted Bridge" was on Greene Street in Lawrence. Route 495 cut off Greene Street, but the abutments are still there on the Shawsheen River Trail. See:

https://www.fonat.org/shawsheen

Regards,

Chet Gehman

Copyright law and photos
Posted February 17, 2018

I, as well as many of you, have been surprised and dismayed by seeing our photos appear on other websites. I have also wondered about the correctness of posting historical photos and post cards on BridgeHunter as pertains to copyright law. I came across a web page which clarifies these issues. For example, the date 1923 has been used as the start of copyright protection. There is a second criteria that must be met as well--it has to have been publicly published by the copyright owner as well, which puts it in the public domain. Presumably posting on the internet is publishing? I don't know. What are your thoughts?

https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2012/03/06/copyright-and-th...

Posted January 24, 2018

If this is a Truesdell patant bridge--and I have no reason to doubt it--then it was most likely erected by the firm of A. D. Briggs of Springfield, Mass. According to the Hartford (CT) Weekly Times of May 17,1873, "In 1863 Mr. Truesdell sold the rights to build bridges in New England to Mr. A.D.Briggs of Springfield, who has erected about 40 of the Truesdell bridges between that and the present time." Lucius E. Truesdell was from Warren, MA, a short distance east of Springfield, which may partially explain why the Briggs company was chosen.

Documentation of posted data
Posted January 20, 2018

I would like to see better documentation of information posted on this site. This could be in the form of a book citation, the source of a photograph, or the result of an on-site investigation. Many times historical information is posted without anyone but the writer knowing the source. If the website is going to serve as a reference of bridges past and present, it must be dependable. "Best guesses" and approximations are O.K., as long as they are identified as such. I must admit I have been lax at times in this regard myself.

Clam River Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted December 23, 2017

Bridge is closed for rehabilitation. Detour River Road.

Interesting enough?
Posted August 28, 2017

This is a common way to transfer commodities such as coal and limestone from hopper cars to road trucks. The photo is a similar installation at Mt. Union, PA on the East Broad Top RR.