Sepia Saturday - Bridges Then And Now

The many incarnations of the Parker River Bridge (Route 1A)
Newbury, Massachusetts

Bridges come, bridges go.
This one once carried cattle and trolleys, now it carries bicycles and autos.
It once had 7 piers, then 4, now 2.
Constructed of wood, and of stone, then of concrete, then steel,
and all made by muscle.
One lane, two lanes, three lanes, four lanes,
they open they close.
They let water flow one way, boats flow two.

Wood and Stone Structure. Seven piers.  Post mark 1902

Reinforced concrete. Four piers. Circa 1934. Photo 2006.
(note the netting to protect boaters from falling concrete)

Concrete and steel. Two piers. Circa 2009. Photo 2010.

What will be here next?


Martin H. said…
Great pictures of the bridges over time. Whatever comes next, it'll need to be strong. The Parker River looks to be quite a stretch of water.
Betsy said…
They let water flow one way, boats flow two....I loved that line! Nice collection of bridge photos! I have one of a covered bridge near my home that I'm going to post on next Saturday.
Nana Jo said…
What a great progression of photographs. I've always had a fascination with bridges ... both the reality and the concept.
Alan Burnett said…
I don't think anyone has ever done a Sepia Saturday on bridges before, but it makes a fascinating historical study.
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