Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Lake Bridge (Albany County, New York)
Bridge over Lake in Washington Park on foot path
September 7, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added build date
Best's Covered Bridge (Windsor County, Vermont)
Timber through arch bridge over Mill Brook on Churchill Road
August 7, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added coordinates
Saugus River Bridge (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Concrete arch bridge over Saugus River on I-95 in Lynnfield
August 2, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed county to Middlesex
NH - Neponset River Bridge (Suffolk County, Massachusetts)
Lost Bridge over Neponset River on New York New Haven & Hartford RR
August 2, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed county to Suffolk
Henry Bridge 45-02-02 #1 (Bennington County, Vermont)
Lost Bridge over Battenkill
July 13, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Entered coordinates, minor additions
Williamsville Covered Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Lost Town lattice truss bridge over Rock River on Dover Road
July 13, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed county to Windham
Williamsville Covered Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Lost Town lattice truss bridge over Rock River on Dover Road
July 13, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Entered cordinates
Papermill Bridge 45-02-03 #1 (Bennington County, Vermont)
Lost Bridge over Battenkill
July 13, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Entered coordinates
Poquonock Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge with adjacent trolley bridge
July 12, 2018: Added
Percival Avenue Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Paper Goods Pond on Percival Avenue
July 12, 2018: New Street View added
Percival Avenue Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Paper Goods Pond on Percival Avenue
July 12, 2018: Added
Wapwallopen Creek Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Wapwallopen Creek on TR 375 in Hollenback
July 11, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Closed to all traffic
Wapwallopen Creek Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Wapwallopen Creek on TR 375 in Hollenback
July 11, 2018: New photos
Grand Avenue Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Swing bridge over Quinnipiac River on Grand Avenue in New Haven
July 5, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected city to New Haven
Daro Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Huntington Creek on TR 490
July 3, 2018: New photos
Daro Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Huntington Creek on TR 490
July 1, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed pending rehab/replacement
Everetts Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Huntington Creek on TR 472
July 1, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed pending rehab/replacement
Everetts Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Huntington Creek on TR 472
July 1, 2018: New photos
Faux Road Bridge (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
Pony truss bridge over Wapwallopen Creek on TR 392 in Mountain Top
July 1, 2018: New photos
Reading Suspension Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge single tower
July 1, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description & photos.
Rush's Mill Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Iron pony truss bridge over Plum Creek on the Union Canal Trail
July 1, 2018: New photos
Wiley's Bridge (Berks County, Pennsylvania)
Through truss bridge over Maiden Creek on Bowers Road (TR 749)
July 1, 2018: New photos
Saucon Park Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Saucon Creek on Park Walkway
July 1, 2018: New photos
Monocacy Park Suspension Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Monocacy Creek on pedestrian pathway
July 1, 2018: New photos
Northampton Street Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Cantilevered through truss bridge over Delaware River on Northampton Street
July 1, 2018: New photos
Cleveland Bridge (Bergen County, New Jersey)
Lenticular Pony truss bridge over Ramapo River on Bear Swamp Road
July 1, 2018: New photos
Bridge Street Bridge (Second) (Cumberland County, Maine)
Lost Parker pony truss bridge over Presumpscot River on Bridge Street
June 24, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Made minor corrections and additions
High Street Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over High Street
June 24, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned
Bridge Street Bridge (Cumberland County, Maine)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Presumpscot River on Bridge Street
June 24, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge was replaced in 1871 due to defects.
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

Recent Comments 

Posted July 1, 2018

Having waited two years for a report that this bridge was finally re-located to the Waterworks Park in Bethlehem, I decided it was time for a look-see. What a disappointment to see they welched the deal and put in a modern truss replacement. Too bad!

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.