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Hillsborough Bridge

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
1. Hillsborough Bridge Marker
Inscription. The first Hillsborough Bridge was constructed as a railway link to the southeastern part of the Island, although it was also a carriage bridge, too. The steel structure consisted of 12 spans. To facilitate river traffic it had a swing span over the deepest water. The bridge opened with great celebration in 1905 and served the communities on the Murray Harbour Line well until the mid 1950’s when it was judged unsafe for the trains. For the next twelve years, it served only automobile traffic. A new structure was opened in 1962, and more recently that bridge has been expanded and now accommodates four lanes of traffic coming to and from the Capital City.

”My father told me many years ago about the time the Murray Harbour train attempted to cross the bridge from the Charlottetown side and all bridge traffic was held up. Apparently the gasoline engine that opened the draw bridge was seized up and would not move. There was a schooner loaded with coal, awaiting to proceed through the draw to Falconwood Hospital Wharf to unload its cargo. They called on my father, one of the trainmen (who usually weighed in at that time at about 250 lbs.) to throw the large flywheel on the stationary engine or to apply whatever strength was necessary to get the gas engine going. Then the draw could be opened, the schooner could proceed to
Hillsborough Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
2. Hillsborough Bridge Marker
the wharf, and the train and other traffic could continue. - ”Growing up in Prince Edward Island”
- Byron Burns
 
Erected by City of Charlottetown.
 
Location. 46° 14.04′ N, 63° 7.292′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Water Street just from Prince Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 188 Water Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 0C4, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Threaded Together with Iron and Steel (within shouting distance of this marker); Railway Car Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Railway Brass Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hillsborough River (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Great George Street Historic District (about 180 meters away); The Gainsford House (about 210 meters away); Heralded Arrival… of the Circus (about 210 meters away); Survey of the Gulf and River St. Lawrence (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
 
Also see . . .  Hillsborough River Bridge - Wikipedia. The Hillsborough River is a 30 km long and up to 1 km wide tidal inlet which empties into Charlottetown
Hillsborough Railway Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Hillsborough Railway Bridge Marker
Harbour. During the 1800s, a seasonal passenger ferry service operated between the Charlottetown waterfront and Ferry Point on the opposite side. When the river was frozen in winter, horse-drawn sleighs would cross the ice. In 1905, the Prince Edward Island Railway (PEIR) constructed a railway bridge across the river, allowing for train travel to the eastern side.
(Submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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