Thursday, July 27, 2017
Brattleboro Hinsdale Bridge
So after I photographed the railroad tracks with weeds growing, I continued on to this bridge over the Connecticut River. It is a beautiful piece of engineering, known as a "Pennsylvania Truss Bridge." It was built in 1920 by the American Bridge Company. One source I read said that bridges here have "been carried away, by floods and ice, on the average of once in every ten years." Wow, that is amazing, but of course this bridge has lasted almost a hundred years. Here's the thing, these bridges are expensive to maintain. Way back in my blog you can find a photograph of a bridge, in a post on Sunday, August 17, 2008, near Owego, NY. That truss bridge has been torn down and replaced by a concrete bridge and that is the fate of so many of these engineering marvels. I love the delicate appearance of the truss work as seen from a distance.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 6:24 PM