Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

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
Maple Street Bridge (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Pratt through truss bridge over Westfield River on Maple Street
May 8, 2017: New photos
Romford Road Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Bantam River on Romford Road in Washington
May 8, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge has been replaced
Stonemill Road Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Fenton River on Stonemill Road
May 3, 2017: Added
Blodgett's Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on MA 7A in Sheffield
April 29, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic
Romford Road Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Bantam River on Romford Road in Washington
April 26, 2017: New photo
Slater Cotton Mill Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over Mill Tailrace on Access Road; now named Wedgewood Drive
April 26, 2017: New photo
Florida Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Deerfield River on River Road
April 25, 2017: New photos
Burkeville Covered Bridge 21-06-01 (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Howe through truss bridge over South River on Main Poland Road
April 25, 2017: New photos
Naubuc Avenue Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Porter Brook on Naubuc Avenue in Glastonbury Center
April 25, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed status to "open to traffic"
Ponakin Bridge (Worcester County, Massachusetts)
Post through truss bridge over North Branch Nashua River on Ponakin Road
April 24, 2017: New photos
Hinsdale King Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Bennett Brook on East Washington Road
April 24, 2017: New photos
East Haddam Bridge (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Swing through truss bridge over Connecticut River on CT 82 in East Haddam
April 24, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder & design engineer
East Haddam Bridge (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Swing through truss bridge over Connecticut River on CT 82 in East Haddam
April 24, 2017: New photos
Meadow Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Meadow Street in Lee
April 23, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Alternate name
Glendale Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Glendale Middle Road in Stockbridge
April 23, 2017: New photos
Holiday Cottage Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Queenpost pony truss bridge formerly over Wahconah Brook on Holiday Cottage Road
April 21, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected build date; re-submitted photos.
Salmon River Bridge (Franklin County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over Salmon River on Barnesville Road
April 21, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder and photos
Monocacy Park Suspension Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Monocacy Creek on pedestrian pathway
April 19, 2017: New Street View added
Butler Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pratt truss bridge over Housatonic River on Butler Road
April 16, 2017: New photos
Nipmuck Trail Iron Bridge North (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Fenton River on Nipmuck Trail/Fenton River Trail
April 16, 2017: New photos
Nipmuck Trail Iron Bridge South (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Warren pony truss with no verticals bridge over Fenton River on Nipmuck Trail/Fenton River Trail
April 16, 2017: New photos
Coleman Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Iron pony truss bridge over Phelps Brook on Windsor Bush Road
April 15, 2017: New photos
Valley Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Valley Street
April 15, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted January 22, 2017

I was surprised that this neat little bridge wasn't already in the database. Visiting Lowell a few days ago, I was even more surprised (disappointed?) that it is being replaced.

Posted December 3, 2016

Happened upon this bridge on August 24 to observe the finishing touches on a restoration. Photos show the installation of wooden floorboards.

Posted September 20, 2016

Well. Thank you for all the positive comments. I did not intend to air old grievances, but to attempt to explain why I do not post on BH anymore. You are right, though; the website has gone through growing pains and has improved in many ways. I know there are others who stopped contributing as well, irritated and frustrated by a small minority. Frankly, I am surprised and pleased that my participation was noted and missed. Perhaps I need to re-think my decision. Again, thank you, Robert and Michael, for your encouragement.

Chet

Posted September 19, 2016

I used to post to BridgeHunter, but deleted all my photos because I felt I was badly treated by some members. I will make an exception in this case, but I generally only post on LandmarkHunter now.

Chet

Posted June 29, 2016

Bridge has been removed

Posted April 25, 2016

BTW, The pieces are visible on Google Earth. Find Kosciuszko Park, Stamford, CT and open up historical imagery. Scroll back to 3/2012. The foliage is sparse enough for you to see the pieces lying there in the northwest corner near the water.