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Springfield, MA Chicopee Bridge Fire, Nov 1903


Wooden Way Across the Connecticut Destroyed by Fire.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 12--The old wooden bridge across the Connecticut River between Chicopee Junction and West Springfield was burned this noon. Sparks carried by the strong westerly wind set fire to a number of buildings in Chicopee, including the Boston and Maine station, and the entire Fire Department was called out. The loss, aside from the bridge, is small.

The bridge was built in 1848, as a toll bridge, was more than 1,200 feet long, and had seven spans. It was made a free bridge in 1872. With the exception of the old toll bridge at Springfield, it was the last of the old wooden bridges across the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Nov 1903

article | by Dr. Radut