Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

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
Ridge Road Bridge (Orange County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on Ridge Road
March 12, 2017: New photos
Bypassed Historic Bridge (Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)
Concrete arch bridge over Souhegan River on Bypassed Historic in Wilton
March 6, 2017: New photos
Coachman Road Bridge (Pinellas County, Florida)
Rainbow arch bridge over Alligator Creek on FL 590 (Coachman Road) in Clearwater
March 3, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added category "Luten Arch"
Port Ben Road Bridge (Ulster County, New York)
Through truss bridge over Rondout Creek on Port Ben Road
March 1, 2017: New Street View added
PW - Arch Street Overpass (Windham County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Arch Street on Providence & Worcester Railroad
February 27, 2017: New photo
East Branch Westfield River Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Steel through arch bridge over East Branch Westfield River on MA 9/MA 112 in Cummington
February 24, 2017: New photos
Singing Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Westfield River on Old Road (Now a pedestrian path)
February 24, 2017: New photos
Walker Street Bridge (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over BMRR on Walker Street in Lowell
February 24, 2017: New photos
Willow Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Willow Street in Lee
February 24, 2017: New photos
Bridge Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Bridge Street in Great Barrington
February 24, 2017: New photos
Cottage Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on Cottage Street in Great Barrington
February 24, 2017: New photos
Elm Street Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Deck arch bridge over East Branch Housatonic River on Elm Street
February 24, 2017: New photos
West Branch Housatonic River Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Concrete arch bridge over West Branch Housatonic River on West Street in Pittsfield
February 24, 2017: New photos
Satinet Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Concrete arch bridge over West Branch Housatonic River on Mill Street in Pittsfield
February 24, 2017: New photos
Lebanon Avenue Pedestrian Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over SW Branch Housatonic River on Lebanon Avenue Sidewalk
February 24, 2017: New photos
BM - Hillsborough Covered Bridge (Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)
Lost Town lattice truss bridge over Contoocook River on Boston & Maine RR
January 28, 2017: New photos
Ashland Mill Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Pachaug River on Ashland Mill Access
January 22, 2017: New photo
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Lock 12 Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Farmington Canal on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
January 22, 2017: New photos
Main Street Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Rippowam River on Main Street in Stamford
January 22, 2017: New photos
Atherton Bridge (Worcester County, Massachusetts)
Iron pony truss bridge over South Branch Nashua River on Bolton Road
January 22, 2017: New photos
Clement Street Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Through truss bridge over Mill River on Clement Street in Northampton
January 22, 2017: New photos
Canalside Rail-Trail - Connecticut River Bridge (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Whipple through truss bridge over Connecticut River on Canalside Rail-Trail
January 22, 2017: New photos
Butler Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pratt truss bridge over Housatonic River on Butler Road
January 22, 2017: New photos
Broadway Bridge Over Pawtucket Canal (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Lost Steel arch bridge over Pawtucket Canal on Broadway Street
January 22, 2017: Added
Western Canal Bridge (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Stone arch bridge over Western Canal on Broadway in Lowell
January 22, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description; photos
Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge 21-02-01 #2 (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Town lattice truss bridge over Housatonic River on Covered Bridge Lane
December 5, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description
Parish Road Bridge #2 (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Stone culvert bridge over Trout Brook on Parish/Pierce Road
December 5, 2016: Added
Coleman Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Iron pony truss bridge over Phelps Brook on Windsor Bush Road
December 5, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge threatened by rising water
Coleman Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Iron pony truss bridge over Phelps Brook on Windsor Bush Road
December 5, 2016: New photos
Parish Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Trout Brook on Parish Road in Peru
December 5, 2016: New photos

Recent Comments 

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.

Posted January 6, 2016

My guess would be the flood of March, 1936 took out the prior bridge. One of the worst floods in the history of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Posted December 28, 2015

The rails are bent due to the fire in all probability. Railroaders call this a "sun kink"--in the summertime heat, rails will expand lengthwise, and with no room to expand will cause a bend in the rail. This is an extreme example of such a kink--the fire was pretty hot. Looking closely at photo #6 we can see that spikes and tie plates are missing--pulled out when the rails bent. Remaining spikes are loose. The wheels of a train could never negotiate a bend in the rails like this without derailment.

Dow Avenue Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted October 28, 2015

I believe the build date of 1910 is incorrect. While it was almost definitely built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., it was more likely built around the same time as the Delage Bridge located a short distance away, in 1889. At any rate, Berlin stopped building lenticulars around 1895; and ceased being in existence in 1900, when it was bought out by the American Bridge Co. Unfortunately the builder's plaque is missing to clear up the mystery.