Chester Gehman

About Me 

Email: gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Recent Updates 

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
Golden Hill Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lenticular pony truss bridge formerly over Housatonic River on Golden Hill Road
December 5, 2016: New photos
Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Bridge over Green River on Pumpkin Hollow Road
December 4, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added to description
Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Bridge over Green River on Pumpkin Hollow Road
December 4, 2016: New photos
Pumpkin Hollow Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Green River on Pumpkin Hollow Road
December 4, 2016: New photos
Park Street Suspension Footbridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Wire suspension bridge over Housatonic River on Footpath
December 4, 2016: New photos
Clark Hill Road Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Abandoned beam bridge over Child's Brook on Abandoned section of Clark Hill Road
December 3, 2016: Added
Cummington Ball Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Kingpost pipe bridge built by Charles H. Ball
December 3, 2016: New photos
Pleasant Vale Road Bridge (Columbia County, New York)
Pony truss bridge over Roeliff Jansen Kl on Pleasant Vale Road
December 3, 2016: New photos
Klein Kill Bridge (Columbia County, New York)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Klein Kill on Walkers Mills Road
December 3, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed status to "Open To Traffic"
Holidy Cottage Road Bailey Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Bailey pony truss bridge over Wahconah Brook on Holidy Cottage Road
December 2, 2016: New Street View added
Parish Road Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Trout Brook on Parish Road in Peru
December 2, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Bridge is closed to all traffic
Mill Street Bridge (Orange County, New York)
Stone arch bridge over Quassaick Creek on Mill Street in Newburgh
November 30, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Chenged status to "closed to all traffic"; open to pedestrians
Mohawk Trail Cold River Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Cold River on Mohawk Trail
November 23, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected county from Franklin to Berkshire
Cummington Ball Bridge (Hampshire County, Massachusetts)
Kingpost pipe bridge built by Charles H. Ball
November 23, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Changed county from Berkshire to Hampshire
Beaver Dam Creek Bridge (Westchester County, New York)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Beaver Dam Creek on Mathews Mill Road
November 23, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added description, alternate name and photos.
CSX - Main Street Overpass (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Bridge over Main Street on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
November 18, 2016: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected street name
CSX - Main Street Overpass (Hampden County, Massachusetts)
Bridge over Main Street on CSX Berkshire Subdivision
November 18, 2016: New photo
Blodgett's Bridge (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on MA 7A in Sheffield
November 18, 2016: New photos
NH - Unnamed Brook Arch (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Abandoned bridge over Unnamed Creek on NY&Boston Airline/NewHaven RR
November 5, 2016: Added
NH - Muddy Gutter Brook Arch (Middlesex County, Connecticut)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Muddy Gutter Brook on NYNH&H Air Line (abandoned)
November 5, 2016: New photos

Recent Comments 

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 July 4, 2016

Photos 14-18 should be deleted from this entry and re-posted to "Minortown Road Bridge", Litchfield County.

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.

Posted September 4, 2015

The comments by Chris Cates are right on the money. After having my entries edited ad infinitum, I also gave up on the site and removed my photos--like Chris, photos of bridges that no longer exist, even though I don't know an eyebar from a Phoenix column. Oddly enough, I find the sister site, Landmark Hunters, much more laid back and less fanatical. Some of the ranting on the BH forum is entertaining, though.

bridge comment
Posted August 10, 2015

What do you all say we cut the crap and get back to documenting bridges. Enough already.

Posted July 22, 2015

We have so many meaningless categories on this website I have to ask: what is a bridge-tunnel? And if Tunnel 33 does not qualify, according to our expert, what is it? A trestle-tunnel?