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Centre Street Bridge

Nutley, New Jersey

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 18, 2019
1. Centre Street Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
The Centre Street Bridge
Constructed circa 1896, the Centre Street Bridge spanned the Third River. When built, the bridge measured 40 feet in length and 65 feet in width and was distinct for its use of quarry-faced, ashlar brownstone. The Third River flowed through the bridge’s elliptical brick barrel vault which was accented by a ring of brownstone voussoirs on both elevations. For over 100 years, the bridge served to visually and physically connect Yanticaw Park to the north to Booth Park to the south.

In 1929, the south elevation of the bridge was widened to accommodate the addition of a concrete sidewalk. As a result, reinforced concrete wingwalls and a parapet wall were added to the south elevation. The bridge was altered again in the 1960s before it was demolished in 2018 and replaced with a new structure.

Bridging the Parks
The Essex County Park Commission, the Nation’s first county parks department, was created in the early twentieth century in response to the growing population in and around Essex County. The organization was borne out of the park movement started in the late nineteenth
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By Bill Coughlin, October 18, 2019
2. Centre Street Bridge Marker
century by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and continued by his sons Frederick, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted. Park design of this era was concerned not only with the benefits of recreation, but also with improving the quality of life through the incorporation of designed landscapes into urban and suburban environments.

All 20 Olmsted-designed parks in Essex County were created to promote naturalistic landscapes, as well as the democratic use of open space. These ideals were embodied by the design and construction of Yanticaw Park, commissioned by the Essex County Park Commission and designed by Frederick, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted between 1912 and 1916. Some years later, the Essex County Park Commission designed and built Booth Park to be an extension of Yanticaw Park, connected by the Centre Street Bridge.
 
Erected by Essex County.
 
Location. 40° 48.839′ N, 74° 9.599′ W. Marker is in Nutley, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Centre Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nutley NJ 07110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nutley Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); John F. Kennedy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vreeland House (approx. 0.3 miles away); All Wars Memorial
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By Bill Coughlin, October 18, 2019
3. Centre Street Bridge Marker
(approx. one mile away); To the Memory of Those Who Served (approx. one mile away); Henry Svehla Monument (approx. one mile away); Kingsland Manor (approx. 1.3 miles away); River Road School (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nutley.
 
More about this marker. Several photographs appear on the marker. The left side of the marker includes a “Photograph taken in 2017 of the north elevation of the Centre Street Bridge over Third River”; a “1913 photograph of the Centre Street Bridge over Third River showing the quarry-faced, ashlar brownstone used in its construction (Courtesy of Nutley, John Demmer, 1997).”; a “Photograph taken in 2017 of the south elevation of the Centre Street Bridge over Third River.”; and a “1940 sketch of the north elevation of the Centre Street Bridge over Third River (Courtesy of the Essex County Parks System Archives).”
On the right side of the marker is an “Early twentieth century photograph of Olmsted firm members, James Frederick Dawson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and Percival Gallagher (Courtesy of the Olmsted National Historic Site, National Park Service).”; an “Early twentieth century photograph depicting the construction of Booth Park (Courtesy of the Essex County Parks System Archives).”; and a “Circa 1930 photograph of the north elevation of Centre Street Bridge over Third River from within Yanticaw Park, also depicting the construction of walking paths (Courtesy of the Essex County Parks System Archives).”
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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