A Bridge of Flowers and Trolleys


Ok I know I'm a bridge fanatic and I'm especially fond of the Bridge of Flowers over the Deerfield River in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. It has to be the most unique reuses of an old bridge that there ever was. Flowers are blossoming there three seasons a year. That fourth season is a tough one on flowers here in New England. I have blogged about this bridge in Sepia Saturday before but never with a view of a trolley. Here's a link to one of my posts with a bit more of the history as well as  dramatic photos of the Deerfield at flood stage.

It's hard to believe that his beautifully landscaped and crafted structure was once a trolley bridge. Yes, that's what it was, simply a trolley bridge. It was built purposefully for trolleys and nothing else. There's a perfectly good steel truss bridge right next to it which is from where I have shot many photos of the Bridge of Flowers.

Well I finally found proof that it was a trolley bridge check out this old photo from the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.

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Photo: Doug Peabody
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Photo: Doug Peabody
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