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Hotel Bridge


Hotel Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in August 2013

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


BH Photo #276543


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Mill River on Old Shepherd Road in Northampton
Leeds, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1880 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 128.9 ft.
Total length: 130.9 ft.
Deck width: 11.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Old Shepherd Bridge
Leeds Hotel Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.35028, -72.70222   (decimal degrees)
42°21'01" N, 72°42'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/689254/4691225 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
MA N19027 (Massachusetts bridge number)
BH 19335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 15 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • March 4, 2021: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • June 23, 2014: Updated by Chester Gehman: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • March 1, 2014: Updated by C Hanchey: Built 1908 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
  • November 7, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Hotel Bridge
Posted June 19, 2015, by Julie (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Check out LeedsCivic.org for more photos and information. Check out how the City of Northampton and groups like LCA are working together. There is a video link there to the city television station who did a great job of documenting this important meeting. As a side note they have met and voted to let us continue to look at the process given their site conditions. More, as always, will be revealed.

Hotel Bridge
Posted May 31, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Hotel Bridge
Posted March 10, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Such incredible details in this bridge and local preservationists and the city working together to come up with a plan to reopen and then restore.

Hotel Bridge
Posted February 28, 2015, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Workin' Bridges team will be traveling to a new state for us to give it the Nels Raynor/Jim Schiffer Scope of Work and Estimate. Takes some time to get all of the arrangements into place but we think this will be a good turn for the preservation of this bridge.

Hotel Bridge
Posted November 13, 2014, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Hotel Bridge
Posted September 15, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

A push is being made to save the bridge: