Chester Gehman

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Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

Keeney Settlement Bridge (Cortland County, New York)
Howe pony truss bridge over Unnamed Stream on Pedestrian Trail
March 26, 2018: New photos
Farmington River Trail - Farmington River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Farmington River & Millrace on Farmington River Trail
March 24, 2018: New photos
Trumbull Street Footbridge (Old) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath
March 20, 2018: New photos
Red Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lenticular pony truss bridge over Quinnipiac River on Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail (Former Oregon Road)
March 20, 2018: New photos
East Main Street Bridge 1897 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Through truss bridge over Farmington River
February 26, 2018: New photos
East Main Street Bridge 1878 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Bridge over Farmington River on East Main Street
February 26, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Renamed to avoid confusion
Melrose Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Abandoned lenticular pony truss bridge over Scantic River on an abandoned section of Melrose Rd
February 26, 2018: New photos
Amtrak - Farmington River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Farmington River & Pleasant Street on Amtrak Springfield Line
February 25, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added length & width data
Poquonock Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Farmington River on Poquonock Avenue
February 25, 2018: Added
Cider Brook Bridge 1904 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Through truss bridge over Farmington River on Old Farms Road
February 24, 2018: Added
Cider Brook Bridge 1883 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Other pony truss bridge over Farmington River on Old Farms Road
February 24, 2018: Added
Canal Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
A Truesdell patent bridge in the Collins Axe Company yard
February 23, 2018: Added
Upside-Down Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pennsylvania deck truss bridge over Dells Creek on Road
February 21, 2018: New photo
Shoddy Mill Road Bridge (Warren County, New Jersey)
Pratt Pony truss bridge over Musconetcong River on Shoddy Mill Road
February 18, 2018: New photos
Trumbull Street Footbridge (Old) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath
February 17, 2018: New photo
Naubuc Avenue Bridge #2 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lattice pony truss bridge over Salmon Brook on Naubuc Avenue
January 27, 2018: New Street View added
Naubuc Avenue Bridge #2 (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lattice pony truss bridge over Salmon Brook on Naubuc Avenue
January 27, 2018: Added
Trumbull Street Footbridge (Old) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Truesdell pony truss bridge over Park River on Footpath
January 24, 2018: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added A.D.Briggs as most likely builder.
NH - Whiting Viaduct (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Whiting River & Abandoned Road on Central New England Railway
October 23, 2017: New photos
Stanley Quarter Park Upper Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Deck arch bridge over Brook on Stanley Quarter Park Road
October 20, 2017: New photo
Richards Corner Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Through truss bridge over East Branch Farmington River on CT 219 in New Hartford
October 20, 2017: New photos
East Rock Road Bridge (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Steel arch bridge over Mill River on East Rock Road in New Haven
October 20, 2017: New photos
New England Central Railroad Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Pony truss bridge over New England Central Railroad on C3052 in Putney
October 9, 2017: New photos
East Putney stone arch bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over East Putney Brook on Abandoned alignment of River Road
October 9, 2017: New photos
Bridge Street Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Farmington River on Bridge Street / State Route 179
October 2, 2017: New photos
Bulkeley Bridge (Temporary) (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Connecticut River on US-84
October 2, 2017: New photo
Collinsville Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
BIBCo Lenticular bridge over headrace in ex-Collins Axe Co. millyard.
October 2, 2017: New photos
Amtrak - Hartford Tunnel (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Amtrak Springfield Line on US 44 (Main Street) and Albany Avenue in Hartford
October 2, 2017: New photo
Blackstone River Bridge (West) (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Stone arch bridge over Blackstone River (West Channel) on RI 104 in Woonsocket
October 2, 2017: New photos
Blackstone River Bridge (East) (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Stone arch bridge over Blackstone River (East Channel) on RI 104 in Woonsocket
October 2, 2017: New photo
Suffield-Thompsonville Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Connecticut River on Main Street
September 29, 2017: New photos
Mattabesset River Bridge (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Abandoned lenticular pony truss bridge over Mattabesset River on Unknown Road
September 28, 2017: New photos
Pequabuck Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Stone arch bridge over Pequabuck River before rechanneling 300' west. On Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
September 28, 2017: New photos
Powder Mill Road Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Pony truss bridge over Nepaug River on Powder Mill Road in Canton
September 28, 2017: New photos
Walnut Street Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Warren through truss bridge over Amtrak on Walnut Street in Hartford
September 28, 2017: New photo
Pierce's Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Warren pony truss with no verticals bridge over Pequabuck River on Middle Street
September 27, 2017: Added
Weston Aqueduct Bridge (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Pipe arch bridge over Sudbury River on Weston Aqueduct
September 6, 2017: New photos
Old Danforth Street Bridge (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)
Pratt pony truss bridge on an old alignment of Danforth Street over Sudbury River
September 6, 2017: New photos
Canal Street Bridge (old) (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Warren pony truss with no verticals bridge over Pequabuck River on Canal Street in the village of Pequabuck.
August 28, 2017: Added
Perry's Mill Bridge (Fairfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Mill River on Sturges Road
August 4, 2017: Added
NECR - East Putney Brook Railroad Arch (Windham County, Vermont)
Stone arch bridge over East Putney Brook on New England Central RR
August 4, 2017: Added
Frog Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Steel arch bridge over Willimantic River on South Street
July 25, 2017: New photos
Baker Road Bridge (Windham County, Connecticut)
Wooden bridge over Quaddick Lake on Baker Road in Thompson
July 25, 2017: New photos
Atwells Avenue Bridge (Providence County, Rhode Island)
Pony truss bridge over Woonasquatucket River on Atwells Avenue, oldest surviving metal bridge in the state.
July 24, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added builder, bridge design
Depot Street Bridge (Old) (New Haven County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Naugatuck River on Depot Street
June 24, 2017: Added
Sacketts Brook Bridge (Windham County, Vermont)
Stone arch bridge over Sacketts Brook on C3043 in Putney
June 23, 2017: New photos
Woolson Street Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular pony truss bridge over Steele Brook on Woolson Street
June 23, 2017: Added
Richard's Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Farmington River on Road
June 22, 2017: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added photo, short description.
Richard's Lenticular Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Lost Lenticular through truss bridge over Farmington River on Road
June 22, 2017: New photo
Brookside Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Through truss bridge over Housatonic River on Brookside Road in Great Barrington
June 16, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

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.

Documentation of posted data
Posted January 20, 2018

I would like to see better documentation of information posted on this site. This could be in the form of a book citation, the source of a photograph, or the result of an on-site investigation. Many times historical information is posted without anyone but the writer knowing the source. If the website is going to serve as a reference of bridges past and present, it must be dependable. "Best guesses" and approximations are O.K., as long as they are identified as such. I must admit I have been lax at times in this regard myself.

Clam River Bridge (Massachusetts)
Posted December 23, 2017

Bridge is closed for rehabilitation. Detour River Road.

Interesting enough?
Posted August 28, 2017

This is a common way to transfer commodities such as coal and limestone from hopper cars to road trucks. The photo is a similar installation at Mt. Union, PA on the East Broad Top RR.

Bridge/aqueduct ID
Posted July 11, 2017

Chris:

Your photos are most likely the Tunkhannock Viaduct in Nicholson, PA, BH 31850. Still in use, it was built 1912-1915 by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.

Posted June 22, 2017

That is good news. Excellent work, Michael!

Posted June 21, 2017

Too bad this one couldn't be saved. It sat in a field just east of the crossing from March of 1992. Things looked good for awhile; a donation from the College Association at Delhi, Inc. of a 10-acre plot to display the bridge was accepted by the town. Plans were scrapped when it was discovered that lead in the paint and sand-blasting would cost about $100,000. Locals complained it was an eyesore and dangerous. Sometime after 2006 it was removed; no buyers could be found and it was likely scrapped. Google Earth Historical Imagery shows the bridge in the field in 11/2006--after that its gone. Bing Maps Bird's Eye has a good view of it.

Posted June 14, 2017

Who would have thought two people would post the same LOST bridge within minutes of each other! And I have the same photo, too. Well, I will delete my entry.

Posted June 14, 2017

I don't believe this is an old railroad bridge. The adjacent line, which is the old Naugatuck Railroad main, is at a higher elevation. Secondly, this bridge is much wider than a spur line bridge would expected to be--twice as wide as the adjacent main line bridge. Since this used to be an industrial area, my vote would be a private industrial bridge to join buildings on either side of the river. At any rate, more research is needed.

Posted June 10, 2017

Rumours are these trusses will be used somewhere-sometime but they have been at the Great Barrington Recycle Center for at least ten years--maybe more. These photos I took a couple of years ago.

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?