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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - Shepard Brook Arch (South)


Shepard Brook Arch

East elevation - arch is barely visible behind the tangle of fallen trees. Note the concrete additions atop the original stonework.

Photo taken by Ian Martin in January 2021


BH Photo #488457


Stone arch carrying Shepard Brook beneath the former NYNH&H Canal Line (nee- New Haven & Northampton) embankment south of the trail bridge over Dixwell Ave. This is the first (from New Haven) and southernmost crossing of Shepard Brook on the former Canal Line, now the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail/East Coast Greenway, and is immediately east of the site of the former Farmington Canal culvert.

The western side is obscured by a parking lot, while the eastern side is extensively obstructed by fallen trees. The arch appears to be brownstone (similar to the two northern crossings of the brook, and potentially part of the original railroad construction in 1848-49), with the wingwalls and spandrel wall having been augmented with concrete, likely by the railroad.


Stone arch bridge over Shepard Brook on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut
Open to pedestrians only
- New Haven & Northampton Railroad (NH&N)
- New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH)
Stone arch
Also called
NH Canal Line Bridge 5.84
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.37689, -72.91451   (decimal degrees)
41°22'37" N, 72°54'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/674395/4582695 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 91876 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2021: New photo from Ian Martin


  • Ian Martin