Sepia Saturday - A Bridge of Flowers

As many of you know I'm a fanatic when it comes to bridges. I have so many posts on bridges on this blog they now have their own archive in the sidebar.

When it comes to bridges I like to give them their own little nickname. I've written about the "bridge of death" the  "bridge to freedom," the "poet's bridge," and the the "bridge named for a rock that was named for a king." This bridge is legitimately called the "bridge of flowers."

The Bridge of Flowers began it's life as a trolley bridge and a freight rail bridge between the towns of Shelburne Falls and Buckland, Massachusetts. It has five graceful arches made of concrete. It also carries a water main. After the age of trolleys it was abandoned for while.

It's named the bridge of flowers because local volunteers planted a wonder flower garden on the full length of the bridge in 1929. An old iron support for the electric wire that once powered the trolleys now substitutes as a rose trellis. It's a beautiful place to take a stroll on cool summer evening or a bright brisk fall day.

Over its entirety all the flowers are labeled. As you walk through you can hear the sounds of the Deerfield River flowing below. Sometimes there are lazy ducks swimming nearby to feed. It's usually a very peaceful tranquil place.

However this was not the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Irene dumped up to 10 inches of water in the region. Flooding was rampant throughout Western Massachusetts and neighboring Vermont. The bridge was closed and the flow actually breached the sides. Right now the Bridge of Flowers is closed till it can be inspected to determine it's safe for the public.

Hopefully the Bridge of Flowers survived the floods and will be open for viewing again soon. This is a treasure to the region and a must see bridge!

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