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South Bound Brook in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Queen’s Bridge

 
 
Queen’s Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
1. Queen’s Bridge Marker
Inscription. To the casual observer, there is little to indicate the historical significance of this particular bridge crossing. Yet for at least 240 years it has been an important point in the Raritan Valley and has figured in many events that have transpired here.

During the American revolution this bridge was used at various times by both American and British armies. At this spot on January 4, 1777, General George Washington made the final decision to abandon any intention of attacking New Brunswick. He instead moved his army northward to winter quarters at Morristown. Thus ended the victorious Trenton-Princeton campaign, saving the revolution.

The first bridge across the Raritan River in this area was completed during the fall of 1761. In 1762, the general assembly paged an act “to empower the managers of the Bound Brook Bridge to raise by lottery a sum of money for rebuilding and completing said bridge”. The 1767 Somerset County road survey described it as a “wood frame bridge”.

In 1771 another act was passed to raise funds to maintain the bridge herein “known by the name of the Queen’s Bridge”. Sometime later, the Queen’s Bridge became a covered wooden bridge. It was next replaced by a classic steel pipe truss bridge in 1875. The stone piers under today’s span (built in 1984)
Markers on Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
2. Markers on Main Street
Queen’s Bridge is one of several markers at this location on the banks of the Raritan River at the Bound Brook/South Bound Brook border.
date back to at least 1875.
 
Location. 40° 33.54′ N, 74° 31.676′ W. Marker is in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Bound Brook NJ 08880, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Bound Brook (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Bound Brook (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Stone Bridge (about 600 feet away); Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park (about 800 feet away); Locks on the D&R Canal (about 800 feet away); Van Horn Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Frelinghuysen Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away); Bound Brook World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Bound Brook.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Bound Brook. (Submitted on May 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Queen’s Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
3. Queen’s Bridge
The British/Hessian Army advanced across this bridge on April 13, 1777 during the Battle of Bound Brook.
Bridge over Millstone River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
4. Bridge over Millstone River
The stone piers mentioned on the marker can be seen in this photo. They date back to 1875, or earlier.
Fighting on Queen’s Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2014
5. Fighting on Queen’s Bridge
American and British troops face off on the Queen's Bridge during the Battle of Bound Brook.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,325 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on April 12, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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