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Conway in Franklin County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bardwells Ferry Bridge

 
 
Bardwells Ferry Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Bardwells Ferry Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Massachusetts Historic Civil Engineering Landmark - Bardwells Ferry Bridge - constructed in 1882.
 
Erected 1990 by Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the ASCE Civil Engineering Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 42° 33.311′ N, 72° 40.685′ W. Marker is in Conway, Massachusetts, in Franklin County. Marker is on Bardwells Ferry Road, 0.2 miles north of Wholey Road when traveling north. Marker is affixed to the outer crossbeam on the bridge's west end. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Conway MA 01341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. river connections (approx. 3.6 miles away); preservation (approx. 3.6 miles away); nature & culture (approx. 3.6 miles away); flood & mud (approx. 3.6 miles away); agriculture (approx.
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3.7 miles away); farm & house (approx. 3.8 miles away); history (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Indian House (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Bardwells Ferry Bridge. Excerpt from the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the bridge:
… It was William O. Douglas' "elliptical bridge truss," patented in 1878, that was employed in the Bardwell's Ferry Bridge. Sole rights to the Douglas patent were owned by the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., of which Douglas was an officer. The company received hundreds of contracts throughout the Northeast and became identified with this bridge type. The iron Bardwell's Ferry Bridge replaced a wood truss bridge that had been built in 1868. Prior to that point, the crossing had been made by a ferry operated by the Bardwell family since 1778, from whom the place name derived. After the old wood bridge had been damaged in a storm, an iron replacement was chosen to accommodate the increased traffic on the road, which linked Conway with a newly opened railroad station on the Shelburne side. …

 
Also see . . .  Bardwells Ferry Bridge. Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Bardwells Ferry Bridge and Marker image. Click for more information.
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2. Bardwells Ferry Bridge and Marker
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form:
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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