Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Frog Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Steel arch bridge over Willimantic River on South Street
July 25, 2017: New photos
Baker Road Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Wooden bridge over Quaddick Lake on Baker Road in Thompson
July 25, 2017: New photos
Atwells Avenue Bridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Pony truss bridge over Woonasquatucket River on Atwells Avenue, oldest surviving metal bridge in the state.
July 24, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder, bridge design
Depot Street Bridge (Old) (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Naugatuck River on Depot Street
June 24, 2017: Added
Sacketts Brook Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Stone arch bridge over Sacketts Brook on C3043 in Putney
June 23, 2017: New photos
Woolson Street Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over Steele Brook on Woolson Street
June 23, 2017: Added
Richard's Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Farmington River on Road
June 22, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added photo, short description.
Richard's Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Farmington River on Road
June 22, 2017: New photo
Brookside Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Brookside Road in Great Barrington
June 16, 2017: New photos
Valley View Avenue Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Westfield River on Valley View Ave.
June 15, 2017: Added
Strathmore Mill Industrial Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Woronoco Road on Factory Walkover
June 15, 2017: Added
Woronoco Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Westfield River on Bridge Street
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added to description.
Old Bridge over Naugatuck River (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Pony plate girder bridge over West Branch Naugatuck River
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added photos and description.
Cutspring Road Merritt Parkway Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Concrete rigid frame bridge over Cutspring Rd on Merritt Prky
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed to Fairfield County
Main Street Merritt Parkway Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Steel rigid frame bridge over Main St on Merritt Prky
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed to Fairfield County
Unity Road Merritt Parkway Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Steel rigid frame bridge over Unity Rd on Merritt Prky
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed location to Fairfield County
Oakville Company Plant Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Pratt through truss bridge over Route 73 on Factory Walkway
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed location to Litchfield County.
Commodore Issac Hull Memorial Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Deck truss bridge over Housatonic River on CT 8 in Derby
June 14, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed to official name; changed location to Derby, which is in New Haven County.
Iron Bridge at Howard Hill Road (Windsor County, Vermont)
Pratt through truss bridge over Black River on C3029 (Howard Hill Rd) in Cavendish
June 12, 2017: New photos
Scott Covered Bridge 45-13-13 (Windham County, Vermont)
Covered Lattice through truss bridge over West River on Back Side Road
June 12, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Updated status: pedestrian traffic only.
Housatonic River Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Six-span open-spandrel arch bridge over Housatonic River & Housatonic Railroad on US 7 & CT 4 in Cornwall
May 28, 2017: New photos
Romford Road Bridge (New) (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Polygonal Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Bantam River on Romford Road
May 28, 2017: Added
NH - Great Hill Pond Brook Arch (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Great Hill Pond Brook on NYNH&H Air Line (abandoned)
May 28, 2017: New photo
Black Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost two-span pony truss bridge over West Branch Farmington River on Black Bridge Road
May 24, 2017: New photos
Prospect Street Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Abandoned warren pony truss with no verticals bridge over Mill River on Prospect Street
May 24, 2017: New photos
Woronoco Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Westfield River on Bridge Street
May 24, 2017: New photos
Pittsfield Pedestrian Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Southwest Branch Housatonic River on Pedestrian path
May 24, 2017: New Street View added
Pittsfield Pedestrian Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Southwest Branch Housatonic River on Pedestrian path
May 24, 2017: Added by Chester Gehman with assistance from CANALLER
Westfield River Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch of Westfield River on Private Road
May 21, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added build date & plaque photo.
Swift River Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Truss bridge over Swift River on River Street in Belchertown
May 20, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge replaced
Notre Dame Street Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Steel stringer bridge over PVRR on Notre Dame Street
May 18, 2017: New Street View added
Brimfield Trolley Arch (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Mill Brook on Worcester Consolidated Street Railway
May 18, 2017: New Street View added
Naugatuck Railroad Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over East Branch Naugatuck River on Naugatuck Railroad
May 16, 2017: Added
Skilton Road Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Nonewaug River on Skilton Road in Watertown
May 16, 2017: New photos
Water Street Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Water Street in Falls Village.
May 14, 2017: New photos
Water Street Bridge (New) (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Water Street/ Falls Mountain Road
May 14, 2017: Added
Tariffville Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Farmington River on Tariffville Road, CT Route 315
May 13, 2017: New photos
Amtrak - Groton Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Vertical-lift through truss bridge over Thames River on Northeast Corridor (Amtrak)
May 13, 2017: New photos
NH - West Branch Farmington River Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch Farmington River & US 44 on NH New Hartford Branch
May 12, 2017: New photo
Westfield River Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Pratt through truss bridge over West Branch of Westfield River on Private Road
May 12, 2017: New photos
North Chester Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Warren pony truss bridge over Westfield River on Private drive
May 12, 2017: New photos
North Chester Village Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Pratt pony truss bridge
May 12, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added photos, alternate name
Atwoodville Road Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Abandoned concrete stringer bridge over Mount Hope River, now Mansfield Hollow Lake on Abandoned section of Atwoodville Road
May 11, 2017: Added
PW - Middletown Swing Bridge (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Swing through truss bridge over the Connecticut River on the Connecticut Central Railroad in Middletown
May 11, 2017: New photos
John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge 35-23-10 (Fairfield County, Ohio)
Covered bridge relocated to the Ohio University-Lancaster campus in Lancaster
May 11, 2017: New photos
John Bright No. 1 Iron Bridge (Fairfield County, Ohio)
Wrought-iron through truss bridge relocated to the Ohio University-Lancaster campus in 1999.
May 11, 2017: New photos
New Sharon Bridge (Franklin County, Maine)
Through truss bridge over Sandy River on Town Way in New Sharon
May 9, 2017: New photo
MEC - Sandy River Bridge (Franklin County, Maine)
Lost Through truss bridge over Sandy River on MEC Farmington Branch
May 9, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Deleted removal date of 1989 as my photo is from 1991.
MEC - Sandy River Bridge (Franklin County, Maine)
Lost Through truss bridge over Sandy River on MEC Farmington Branch
May 9, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Deleted removal date of 1989 as my pdoto is from 1991.
MEC - Sandy River Bridge (Franklin County, Maine)
Lost Through truss bridge over Sandy River on MEC Farmington Branch
May 9, 2017: New photo

Recent Comments 

Bridge/aqueduct ID
Posted July 11, 2017

Chris:

Your photos are most likely the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson, PA, BH 31850. Still in use, it was built 1912-1915 by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.

Posted June 22, 2017

That is good news. Excellent work, Michael!

Posted June 21, 2017

Too bad this one couldn't be saved. It sat in a field just east of the crossing from March of 1992. Things looked good for awhile; a donation from the College Association at Delhi, Inc. of a 10-acre plot to display the bridge was accepted by the town. Plans were scrapped when it was discovered that lead in the paint and sand-blasting would cost about $100,000. Locals complained it was an eyesore and dangerous. Sometime after 2006 it was removed; no buyers could be found and it was likely scrapped. Google Earth Historical Imagery shows the bridge in the field in 11/2006--after that its gone. Bing Maps Bird's Eye has a good view of it.

Posted June 14, 2017

Who would have thought two people would post the same LOST bridge within minutes of each other! And I have the same photo, too. Well, I will delete my entry.

Posted June 14, 2017

I don't believe this is an old railroad bridge. The adjacent line, which is the old Naugatuck Railroad main, is at a higher elevation. Secondly, this bridge is much wider than a spur line bridge would expected to be--twice as wide as the adjacent main line bridge. Since this used to be an industrial area, my vote would be a private industrial bridge to join buildings on either side of the river. At any rate, more research is needed.

Posted June 10, 2017

Rumours are these trusses will be used somewhere-sometime but they have been at the Great Barrington Recycle Center for at least ten years--maybe more. These photos I took a couple of years ago.

Posted May 21, 2017

This is a photo of the only remaining plaque on the bridge. "Springfield" "Mass" and "1891" are fairly obvious. Can anyone identify the builder? The R.F.Hawkins Iron Works and The Springfield Iron Works come to mind. A better view of the shape of the plaque is in the MACRIS photo. Any ideas?

Posted May 13, 2017

These old eyes of mine must be failing. Both my wife and I were on that bridge and didn't see that plaque. We looked on the end posts and the portal area but failed to look down. Can't say I've ever seen a Berlin through truss plaque that low. Even had it in my camera lens! A slightly lower shot might have revealed a build date. Sorry, guys. I'll get it next time.

Post-1970 Bridges
Posted May 12, 2017

Mr. Elder:

I read with interest your thoughtful comments on the types of bridges to include on this site. I, too, have debated whether some are worthy of inclusion. My last entry, the Atwoodville Road Bridge is a good example. Its a very ordinary, typical concrete bridge without any unique features. I posted it because I thought it might be interesting. What makes a bridge interesting? It could have some historical value; it might be unique in its design; a common type bridge in a scenic setting is interesting. Abandoned bridges are always interesting. Do we need to post every bridge and culvert ever constructed? Probably not. But with so many contributors to this website, it might be hard to reach a consensus on what is interesting. But we all should consider, before we add an entry, whether it adds anything to our information base, rather than just adding a notch to our name on the leaderboard.

Chet

Posted April 26, 2017

The drought is over; Colebrook Lake is full, and The Harvey Mountain Road Bridge is submerged again. Sayonara.

Hinsdale King Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted April 25, 2017

Dana and Kay:

Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated.

chet

Blodgett's Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted April 23, 2017

Bridge is closed; builder's plaques removed/stolen; replacement probable.

Coleman Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted April 15, 2017

It will be a real shame if this historic bridge is lost in the rising waters of Phelps Brook. One of only three pipe bridges built by Charles Ball of Windsor, MA still in existence, and the only one not preserved in some way. Come on, Windsor! Charlie Ball was a native son!

Posted January 28, 2017

Mr. Thompson:

You asked if anyone can point to a railroad covered bridge. They did exist. The Boston & Maine Railroad, as well as other New England roads had them. The Hillsborough Covered Bridge in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (BH 61397) was built in 1903 and is a good example.

Chet

Posted January 23, 2017

You're welcome! Back then I had a Nikkormat that developed a focus problem at the end of its life. The trouble with film, of course, is that you can't see your pictures for a week or two while the film is out being developed. By then it is too late to re-shoot photos from a vacation or special trip. I like my Nikon D50 now.