Bay State Bridge, Spanning Mill River on Clement Street, Northampton, Hampshire County, MA
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Spanning Mill River on Clement Street, Northampton, MA
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER MA-110
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-26).
Building/structure dates: 1894 initial construction
Significance: The Bay State Bridge is the sixth oldest of nine Pratt through trusses in Massachusetts, identified in the Massachusetts Department of Public Works database. It has a somewhat uncommon upper lateral bracing system, and has some unusual decorative features, such as curved brackets and a latticed guardrail. The Bay State Bridge has served for nearly a century as the only river crossing in Northampton's Bay State Village section, one of the city's principal nineteenth-century manufacturing districts.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view of east portal from roadway, looking west
2. Detail of upper chords and upper lateral bracing system, looking upward and northwest
3. Detail of pedestrian walkway from east portal end, looking west
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