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

The View from the French King Bridge

 
 
French King Bridge marker image. Click for full size.
By Antonio Prats, September 2005
1. French King Bridge marker
Inscription. A special place designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs because it exemplifies the unique qualities of the Commonwealth.
 
Erected 1932.
 
Location. 42° 35.86′ N, 72° 29.792′ W. Marker is in Erving, Massachusetts, in Franklin County. Marker is on Mohawk Trail (Massachusetts Route 2), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The bridge lies between the towns of Gill and Erving. Marker is in this post office area: Erving MA 01344, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain William Turner (approx. 2.8 miles away); Songbirds (approx. 3.1 miles away); Waterfowl Migration (approx. 3.1 miles away); Nature's Puzzle (approx. 3.1 miles away); Factory Hollow (approx. 3.3 miles away);
Award of Merit, Most Beautiful Steel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Antonio Prats, September 2005
2. Award of Merit, Most Beautiful Steel Bridge
Captain Richard Beers (approx. 4.6 miles away); Indian Council Fires (approx. 4.8 miles away); Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The governor’s name has been scrawled off the marker, but could be determined based on the secretary’s name.
 
Regarding The View from the French King Bridge. This bridge has breathtaking views that are totally unexpected, compared to the rest of Route 2 which is surrounded by trees and hills for the rest of it (eastward).

The bridge itself is beautiful, an example of the era when aesthetics and function were more closely related in public works. It is also, according to the Massachusetts Highway Department, “an unusual development of the uncommon three-span, ‘cantilever arch’ bridge type.”

The bridge takes its name from nearby French King Rock in the Connecticut River gorge that it spans.
Built By McClintic-Marshall Corporation 1932 image. Click for full size.
By Antonio Prats, September 2007
3. Built By McClintic-Marshall Corporation 1932

 
Also see . . .  French King Bridge. (Submitted on September 22, 2007.)
 
Additional keywords. Silvio O. Conte Steel construction
 
Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
French King Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Antonio Prats, September 2007
4. French King Bridge Marker
View From French King Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Morrissette, November 5, 2007
5. View From French King Bridge
The view from the south of the bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tony Farrick, December 30, 2011
6. The view from the south of the bridge
Under the bridge, from Pine Meadow Rd. image. Click for full size.
By Tony Farrick, December 30, 2011
7. Under the bridge, from Pine Meadow Rd.
View Across Bridge Towards Irving image. Click for full size.
By William Morrissette, November 5, 2007
8. View Across Bridge Towards Irving
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2007, by Antonio Prats of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 4,488 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2007, by Antonio Prats of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.   5. submitted on November 5, 2007, by William Morrissette of Northampton, Massachusetts.   6, 7. submitted on December 30, 2011, by Tony Farrick of Shelburne Falls, Ma..   8. submitted on November 5, 2007, by William Morrissette of Northampton, Massachusetts. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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