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Tuckerman Bridge

Photos 

Colored postcard

Detroit Publ. Co.

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BH Photo #498261

Map 

Description 

Six foot wide walkway on north side.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Housatonic River on West Main Street in Stockbridge.
Location
Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1873; likely lost in 1927 flood.
Builders
- R.F. Hawkins Iron Works of Springfield, Massachusetts
- Richard F. Hawkins of Hawkins and Burrall, Springfield
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Dimensions
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.28341, -73.32606   (decimal degrees)
42°17'00" N, 73°19'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/638017/4682600 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83719 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2021: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • December 8, 2018: New photo from Chester Gehman

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Tuckerman Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I do have the ability to merge bridge builders on this website (like James did with the King Bridge Company with variant names of that company). However I don't want to do that without being sure they are the same companies, if its not certain its probably better to leave them separate.

Tuckerman Bridge
Posted March 17, 2021, by Chester Gehman (gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Luke:

I'm no expert either. Victor Darnell, in his "Directory of American Bridge-Building Companies" states that there was an unbroken chain of Springfield Massachusetts builders from about 1838 until 1901.

Richard F. Hawkins first worked for D.L. Harris starting in 1853. From there we have:

Harris and Hawkins 1867-1868

Hawkins, Herthal and Burrall 1868-1871

Hawkins and Burrall 1871-1877

R.F.Hawkins Iron Works 1877-1901

(All dates approximate)

If the Tuckerman Bridge truly dates from 1873, that puts it in the Hawkins and Burrall range of dates.

Tuckerman Bridge
Posted March 16, 2021, by Luke

Posting as a comment because the builder SEEMS like a duplicate, but I'm not knowledgable enough to make the call. Would this bridge have been built by R.F. Hawkins Iron Works? Or was this an early example of his solo work and should be a seperate category?

(Paging Chester.)