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NH - Death Trap Bridge

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Elimination of Death Trap. Showing overhead crossing, trolley tracks and trolley making the turn from Windsor toward Windsor Locks

Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #392971

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Description 

"Just what was this Death Trap? It was a narrow stretch of the lower part of Palisado Avenue that runs underneath the railroad overpass. Today this is a straight road, but in those more treacherous times it was a 90-degree hairpin turn at the bottom of a hill. While this was difficult enough for early automobile drivers to traverse, it was doubly more hazardous for trolley cars to execute, and on top of that, the road was also frequented by pedestrians and bicyclists, and prone to flooding." By Michelle Tom, librarian/archivist, 2019 Windsor Historical Society

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Palisado Avenue & Connecticut Company tracks on New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad
Location
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Replaced 1917
Railroads
- Connecticut Company (ConnCo)
- Hartford Street Railway
- Interurban
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
- Streetcar
Design
Pony plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.85415, -72.64220   (decimal degrees)
41°51'15" N, 72°38'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/695719/4636270 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hartford North
Inventory number
BH 77474 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2021: New photo from Chester Gehman
  • May 31, 2017: Added by Dave King

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