Chester Gehman

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Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Stony Brook Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Stony Brook on CT 159 in Suffield
August 21, 2019: New photos
CSOR - Suffield Street Overpass (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Suffield Street and Little Brook on CSOR Suffield Branch
August 21, 2019: New photos
Killarney Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Unnamed tributary of Wood Creek on Old Carriage Trail
June 9, 2019: New photos
Killarney Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Unnamed tributary of Wood Creek on Old Carriage Trail
June 9, 2019: Added
Phoenix Iron Company Bridge (Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Wrought iron Pratt through truss bridge over French Creek
May 18, 2019: New photos
Phoenix Iron Company Bridge (Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Wrought iron Pratt through truss bridge over French Creek
May 18, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected builder and date built; added description and photos.
Weaverland Bridge (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania)
Concrete Pony truss bridge over Conestoga River on T-894 Quarry Road
May 15, 2019: New photos
Meadowview Drive Bridge (Relocated) (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fox Run Tributary on Unmarked trail
May 15, 2019: New photos
Meadowview Drive Bridge (Relocated) (York County, Pennsylvania)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fox Run Tributary on Unmarked trail
May 15, 2019: Added
CT 185 - Farmington River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge over Farmington River on CT 185 in Simsbury
May 3, 2019: New photos
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Rosewood Road Arch Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over dirt road on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
May 3, 2019: New photos
South Maple Street Bridge (older) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Scantic River on South Maple Street
April 28, 2019: New photos
South Maple Street Bridge (older) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Scantic River on South Maple Street
April 28, 2019: Added
South Maple Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Pony truss bridge over Scantic River on South Maple Street in Hazardville
April 28, 2019: New photo
Poquonock Bridge (Old) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge with adjacent trolley bridge
April 27, 2019: New photo
Poquonock Bridge (Older) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost bowstring truss bridge over Farmington River on Poquonock Avenue
April 27, 2019: New photo
Packerville Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Mill Brook on Packerville Road
March 29, 2019: New photo
Hartford Ferry (1895-6) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Ferry across Connecticut River
March 29, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added to description.
Main Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over CT 598 (Whitehead Highway) on Main Street in Hartford
March 23, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder; edited description.
Walnut Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Warren through truss bridge over Amtrak on Walnut Street in Hartford
March 23, 2019: New photo
Hartford Ferry (1895-6) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Ferry across Connecticut River
March 23, 2019: New photos
Lower Rollstone Street Bridge (Worcester County, Massachusetts)
Parker pony truss bridge over North Nashua River on Rollstone Street
March 8, 2019: New photos
Enfield-Suffield Covered Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Through truss bridge over Connecticut River and Enfield Canal.
March 6, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected historical errors; added description.
Asylum Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Stone arch bridge over Gully Brook on Asylum Street
March 6, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge actually crossed Gully Brook, a Park River tributary.
Amtrak - Warehouse Point Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Deck girder bridge over Connecticut River on Amtrak Springfield Line
March 6, 2019: New photos
Bridge Street Bridge 1886 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Connecticut River on Bridge Street, Windsor Locks-Warehouse Point
March 6, 2019: New photos
Bridge Street Bridge 1922 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Connecticut River on CT 140
March 6, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Minor additions and corrections.
Spring Street Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Middle River on Spring Street
March 2, 2019: New photos
Spring Street Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Middle River on Spring Street
March 2, 2019: Added
Christopher Allen Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Middle River on Spring Street in Stafford Springs
March 2, 2019: New photos
Christopher Allen Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Middle River on Spring Street in Stafford Springs
March 2, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Refined location pin; added some description.
Maple Street Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Two-span stone arch bridge over Scantic River on Maple Street in Somers
March 2, 2019: New photo
Maple Street Bridge (Tolland County, Connecticut)
Two-span stone arch bridge over Scantic River on Maple Street in Somers
March 2, 2019: New Street View added
Toelles Road Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Toelles Road
February 25, 2019: New photo
Toelles Road Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Toelles Road
February 25, 2019: Added
Red Bridge (older) (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost wooden covered pony truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Oregon Road
February 25, 2019: New photo
Red Bridge (older) (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost wooden covered pony truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Oregon Road
February 25, 2019: Added
Flower Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Park River on Flower Street
February 24, 2019: New photo
Mystic River Swing Bridge (1866) (New London County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell truss bridge over Mystic River on West Main Street
February 24, 2019: New photos
Mystic River Swing Bridge (1866) (New London County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell truss bridge over Mystic River on West Main Street
February 24, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed truss type to Truesdell & added description.
Oil Mill Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular deck truss bridge over Stony Brook on East Street S, Route 159, Suffield
February 24, 2019: New photo
Sandy Hook Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Pratt through truss bridge over Pootatuck River on Dayton Street
February 24, 2019: New photos
Oil Mill Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular deck truss bridge over Stony Brook on East Street S, Route 159, Suffield
February 22, 2019: New photos
Oil Mill Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular deck truss bridge over Stony Brook on East Street S, Route 159, Suffield
February 22, 2019: Added
Kreffer Covered Bridge 45-02-A (Bennington County, Vermont)
Stringer bridge over Green River
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned location
Giorgetti Covered Bridge 45-11-B (Rutland County, Vermont)
Stringer bridge over Tweed River
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned location
Titcomb Bridge (Windsor County, Vermont)
Multiple Kingpost through truss bridge over Schoolhouse Brook
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned location
Robbins Nest Covered Bridge (Washington County, Vermont)
Queenpost through truss bridge over Jail Branch of the Winooski River
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned location
Giorgetti Covered Bridge 45-11-B (Rutland County, Vermont)
Stringer bridge over Tweed River
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder
McWilliams Covered Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Pedestrian bridge at Grafron Cheese Factory
February 16, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Pinned location

Recent Comments 

Posted June 25, 2019

Glad to see this little bridge given a new, if unorthodox, use. It was 36 years ago that I first photographed it. Here are some photos from last Saturday.

Chet

Weaverland Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted May 17, 2019

D&K:

Thanks for looking.

Posted January 2, 2019

The Bridge Girl

Posted December 26, 2018

Dana & Kay:

The scissors might have been.

Parks Gap Bridge (West Virginia)
Posted December 19, 2018

Tried to access bridge last Sunday, December 16,2018 but was rather disappointed.

Posted December 10, 2018

Disaster at the second bridge--In February of 1922,a crew began dismantling the second railroad bridge. As the five workmen were loosening bolts, the entire western span gave way, crushing and killing two men and injuring two others. The job was abandoned until scrap prices rose in the pre-World War II period, when the job was finally finished.

Black Bridge (New York)
Posted December 10, 2018

This bridge was never associated with the Canajoharie & Catskill RR. The C&C went belly-up in 1842, only made it to Cooksburg, just over the Albany County line and a long way from Canajoharie.

There never was a Catskill Mountain and Cairo RR. The Cairo RR, which ran from Cairo Junction on the Catskill Mountain RR to Cairo was chartered as a separate corporation in 1884 until it was merged with the CM under a reorganization in 1916.

Catskill Mountain Railroad 1882-1885

Catskill Mountain Railway 1885-1916

Catskill Mountain Railroad 1916-1919

Source: "Rip Van Winkle Railroads" by William F Helmer, Howell-North Books, 1970

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.