Chester Gehman

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Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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Judd's Bridge Road Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Steel culvert over Lenevig Brook on Judd's Bridge Road in Roxbury
February 22, 2021: New photo
MDC Reservoir #1 Gatehouse Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Reservoir #1 on Access to gatehouse
February 3, 2021: Added
MDC Reservoir #1 Gatehouse Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Bowstring through truss bridge over Reservoir #1 on Access to gatehouse
February 3, 2021: New photos
Hannacroix Preserve Plastic Bridge (Greene County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Hudson River Estuary on Hudson River Interpretive Trail
January 11, 2021: Added
Hannacroix Preserve Plastic Bridge (Greene County, New York)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Hudson River Estuary on Hudson River Interpretive Trail
January 11, 2021: New photos
CSX - Catskill Creek Bridge (Greene County, New York)
Deck truss bridge over Catskill Creek on CSX Railroad
January 11, 2021: New photos
Black Bridge (Greene County, New York)
Pratt through truss bridge over Catskill Creek on Pedestrian Walkway
January 11, 2021: New photos
Clark's Ferry Covered Bridge (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Bridge over Susquehanna River
January 4, 2021: New photo
Powell Creek Bridge (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Three-span stone arch bridge over Powell Creek on PA 147
January 4, 2021: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description and builder; corrected completion date to 1840, not 1860.
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Lock 12 Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Farmington Canal on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
December 12, 2020: New photos
Shoddy Mill Bridge (Worcester County, Massachusetts)
Abandoned warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over West Branch Ware River on Old Princeton Rd
November 30, 2020: New photos
White Rock Bridge (Washington County, Rhode Island)
Through and pony truss bridge over Pawcatuck River on Bridge Road/White Rock Road at Westerly
November 16, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description-unusual configuration
Pine Street Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Pin connected Whipple deck truss bridge over Willimantic River on Pine Street in Willimantic
November 13, 2020: New photos
Windham Road Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Two-span stone arch bridge over Willimantic River on Windham Road in Willimantic
November 13, 2020: New Street View added
Merrow Station Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Willimantic River on Merrow Road
November 13, 2020: Added
Merrow Station Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Willimantic River on Merrow Road
November 13, 2020: New photo
Hall's Mill Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Lost Bridge over Natchaug River on Mansfield Road
November 10, 2020: Added
Hall's Mill Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Lost Bridge over Natchaug River on Mansfield Road
November 10, 2020: New photos
NECR - Windham Road Overpass (Windham County, Connecticut)
Pony/through plate girder over Windham Road on New England Central Railroad in Willimantic
November 7, 2020: New photos
Winsor Dam Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Concrete arch bridge over Quabbin Reservoir Spillway on Winsor Dam Road in Ware
November 2, 2020: New photo
Winsor Dam Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Concrete arch bridge over Quabbin Reservoir Spillway on Winsor Dam Road in Ware
November 2, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected spelling of name to Winsor.
Pumping Station Covered Bridge 21-06-02 (Franklin County, Massachusetts)
Howe through truss bridge over Green River on Eunice Williams Drive in Greenfield
September 23, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description.
Lower Bridge Sheffield 21-02-02 (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Maple Avenue
September 22, 2020: Added
Lower Bridge Sheffield 21-02-02 (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Maple Avenue
September 22, 2020: New photos
D&H Gravity Railroad Stone Arch Bridge (Wayne County, Pennsylvania)
Stone arch bridge over Little Keen Pond on D&H Gravity Railroad
September 22, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Clarified 1931 abandonment date.
NH - Satan's Kingdom Railroad Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Farmington River on Central New England Railway
September 11, 2020: New photos
NH - Red Car Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Deck truss bridge over Still River on Central New England Railway
September 11, 2020: New photos
CNE Culvert (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Unnamed brook on Central New England RR in Barkhamsted
September 11, 2020: Added
CNE Culvert (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Unnamed brook on Central New England RR in Barkhamsted
September 11, 2020: New photos
Shunock River Bridge (Upper) (New London County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Shunock River on Main Street in North Stonongton
September 3, 2020: Added
Shunock River Bridge (Lower) (New London County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Shunock River on Main Street in North Stonongton
September 3, 2020: Added
Shunock River Bridge (Lower) (New London County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Shunock River on Main Street in North Stonongton
September 3, 2020: New photos
Shunock River Bridge (Upper) (New London County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Shunock River on Main Street in North Stonongton
September 3, 2020: New photos
Bennet Street Bridge (Cortland County, New York)
Lost Bridge over Trout Brook on Bennet Street in McGraw
September 3, 2020: Added
Bennet Street Bridge (Cortland County, New York)
Lost Bridge over Trout Brook on Bennet Street in McGraw
September 3, 2020: New photo
Pratts Bridge (Chenango County, New York)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Chenango River on State St.
August 31, 2020: New photo
Chenango River Bridge (Chenango County, New York)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Chenango River on Main Street
August 31, 2020: New photos
Main Street River Bridge (Otsego County, New York)
Lenticular through truss bridge over Susquahana River on Main Street in Oneonta
August 31, 2020: New photos
Joshuatown Road Bridge (New London County, Connecticut)
Concrete arch bridge over Eight Mile River on Joshuatown Road in Lyme
August 31, 2020: New photos
Village Hill Road Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Ten Mile River on Village Hill Road in Columbia
August 31, 2020: New photos
Norwich & Westerly - Assekonk Brook Arch (New London County, Connecticut)
Abandoned closed-spandrel arch bridge over Assekonk Brook on Abandoned Norwich & Westerly Railway in North Stonington
August 31, 2020: New photos
Walden Upper Bridge (Orange County, New York)
Lost Lenticular deck truss bridge over Wallkill River on West Main Street in Walden
August 30, 2020: New photo
Eagle Bridge (1899) (Rensselaer County, New York)
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Hoosic River on Road in Eagle Bridge
August 30, 2020: New photo
Old Mine Road Bridge (Ulster County, New York)
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Roundout Creek on Old Mine Road in Napanoch
August 24, 2020: New photos
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail - Rosendale Trestle (Ulster County, New York)
Deck truss bridge over Rondout Creek and Main Street on Railroad
August 24, 2020: New photos
Wilbur Bridge (Ulster County, New York)
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Rondout Creek
August 24, 2020: New photos
New Paltz Bridge (Ulster County, New York)
Lost Through truss bridge over Wallkill River on Main Street
August 24, 2020: New photos
Walton Bridge (Essex County, New York)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over East Ausable River on Doctor Ray Road
August 16, 2020: New photo
Walton Bridge (Essex County, New York)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over East Ausable River on Doctor Ray Road
August 16, 2020: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge originally from Black Brook in Clinton County.
Bartlett's Bridge (Worcester County, Massachusetts)
Stone arch bridge over French River on Clara Barton Road in Oxford
August 15, 2020: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted January 19, 2021

1. The information in the description of this bridge, as found in the New Jersey Historic Bridge Data for Hunterdon County,is attributed to Victor C. Darnell (Darnell, p. 85). This is incorrect. Darnell is cited as a bibliographical source, and pertains only to information concerning the Smith Bridge Company (Directory Of American Bridge-Building Companies 1840-1900)

2. Smith Bridge Company WAS a "smaller company", as was Massillon Bridge, when compared to larger companies of the time such as Kellogg and King, for example. While Darnell has no information for Smith, shop capacities in the year 1894 were: Massillon, 6.0 tons; Kellogg, 26 tons; King, 18 tons. By 1903, Kellogg was out of business, bu King's capacity had increased to 30 tons, while Massillon was at 8 tons. (information from Darnell)

3. Smith sold the company in 1890 to Toledo Bridge Company, who in turn sold it to the American Bridge Company in 1901.

If the information about the Point Mountain Road Bridge from Hunterdon County data is correct, then a build date of 1905 is possible. Quoting from the NJ Data page, "Smith, however, went back into business as Smith Bridge Company. How much past 1905 the small operation continued is not known." Darnell is silent on this point. There are several bridges on BH built after 1890 attributed to Smith. Are they correct? Who knows?

Posted November 10, 2020

Rather unusual truss configuration. Any guess on truss type and builder?

Posted September 11, 2020

Not sure of source of "Red Car Bridge." Nimke (The Central New England Railway Story" refers to it as Red Stone Bridge.

Posted September 6, 2020

The summer of 2020 has been a dry one, and predictably, the Harvey Mountain Road Bridge has made another appearance, albeit a partial one.

Posted August 31, 2020

Art--

Glad you like. Yes, #8 is a nice one.

Chet

Unknown Abandoned Bridge
Posted August 8, 2020

Nick:

The bridge you are referring to is the Monadnock Mills Bridge (BH 49549) It is a bowstring designed by Thomas Moseley and is one of only four, I believe, still extant.

Chet

Posted August 8, 2020

Bridge has been replaced by a Bailey bridge which is likely to be permanent as road serves a few houses and is a dead-end.

Posted July 29, 2020

Since many bridges take the name of the road they are on, why not call it the N Old Covered Bridge Lane Bridge. The other names under contention could be listed under Alternate Names. Just a suggestion.

Bridge Street Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted July 25, 2020

The date of construction of the Bridge Street Bridge is given as 1951 in MACRIS. The source of this date,oddly enough, is the date molded in the guardrail end posts.

According to Bernard A. Drew, a noted and reliable historian of the Brekshire area and its bridges, the Bridge Street Bridge was actually built in 1952, after a flood seriously damaged the previous bridge, an 1880 Lenticular through truss. The attached photo from the Berkshire Edge shows the bridge at that time. ("Bridge Street Bridge flood 1952")

(Photo by David Scribner, Berkshire Edge)

Posted June 16, 2020

Great Barrington seems to be between a rock and a hard place over this bridge, and it will probably be closed until 2023. That's when state grant money will be available to replace it. Meanwhile, to re-hab the bridge would cost in the neighborhood of $400,000, a sum Great Barrington is reluctant to spend on a bridge that will be replaced anyway. So it will be pedestrians only until then.

Blodgett's Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted June 15, 2020

Bridge has been removed and construction started on a boring replacement.

Posted June 15, 2020

From the "We don't make this stuff up, folks" Department:

Seems little green men from Mars have taken an interest in covered bridges. On a recent visit to the Upper Sheffield Bridge a sign/plaque was seen marking the event:

Donated By:

History Channel's ANCIENT ALIENS

Welcome to the site of the first UFO Incident Officially Inducted Into The U.S. As Historically True.

Sculpture By: Len Momeau New Hartford, CT

WWW.ufopark.org

WE ARE NOT ALONE

Posted May 27, 2020

Done!

Posted May 22, 2020

You are right, Ian. That new photo shows it clearly.

Posted May 22, 2020

I am doubtful that this bridge was located at Rockfall.

While it is a NHM&W RR bridge, the two photos (likely taken

at the same time) show a roadway arch as part of the stone

abutment. While I have not visited the site personally, the

photo on the NERAIL Photo Archive website shows no such

arch. (Link provided on successor page BH 61947 Rockfall

High Bridge.) In addition, no roadway is evident on the TOPO

map for 1893 or Google Earth. Presumably the bridge location

is in the Middletown area, since the photographer (Bundy)

had his studio there, but for me the location of this bridge

is still a mystery.