Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Ashland Mill Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Pachaug River on Ashland Mill Access
December 9, 2018: New photo
Holabird Avenue Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Still River on Holabird Avenue
December 8, 2018: New photos
Holabird Avenue Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Still River on Holabird Avenue
December 8, 2018: Added
Tuckerman Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on West Main Street
December 8, 2018: New photo
Tuckerman Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on West Main Street
December 8, 2018: Added
Coventry Greenway - Moosup River Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge over Moosup River on the Coventry Greenway/Moosup Valley State Park Trail
December 2, 2018: New photos
Five Mile River Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Five Mile River on Attawaugan-Ballouville Road in Killingly
December 2, 2018: New photo
NH - Quinebaug River Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Quinebaug River, River Road, and Kennedy Drive on NYNH&H Midland Division
December 2, 2018: New photo
Packerville Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Mill Brook on Packerville Road
December 2, 2018: New photo
Pine Street Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Pin connected Whipple deck truss bridge over Willimantic River on Pine Road in Willimantic
December 2, 2018: New photos
River Street Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Lost lenticular through truss bridge over Moosup River on River Street in Moosup
December 2, 2018: New photos
Willimantic Footbridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Pratt through truss bridge over Willimantic River & New England Central Railroad on Pedestrian Path
December 2, 2018: New photos
Windham Road Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Two-span stone arch bridge over Willimantic River on Windham Road in Windham
December 2, 2018: New photos
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

Recent Comments 

Delaware Aqueduct (Pennsylvania)
Posted December 2, 2018

George--

Glad to be of some help. My interest in the gravity railroads stemmed from a friendship with the late Dr. Ed Steers of Wallenpaupack. He had quite a collection of railroad stuff.

Chet

Delaware Aqueduct (Pennsylvania)
Posted December 2, 2018

If memory serves, this line to Honesdale was chartered in the 1880's by the Pennsylvania Coal Company as the Erie & Wyoming Valley RR. Honesdale was the transfer point for coal arriving from the Scranton area via the gravity railroads of both the Delaware & Hudson and The PCC; the D&H Canal took it from there to Rondout on the Hudson River. But the PCC felt the D&H was overcharging them on the canal trip and built the E&WV to haul their coal to Lackawaxen and the Erie RR. The line was later extended to the Scranton area and eventually taken over by the Erie.

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.