Plainfield, Connecticut

In the charming town of Plainfield, Connecticut, the Glen Falls Bridge is an abandoned and historic marvel that beckons explorers and history enthusiasts alike.

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Nestled in the charming town of Plainfield, Connecticut, the Glen Falls Bridge is a historic marvel that beckons explorers and history enthusiasts alike. This bridge, which once gracefully spanned the Moosup River, has a rich past dating back to the late 19th century, making it a captivating relic of a bygone era.

Constructed in 1886 by the renowned Berlin Iron Bridge Company, the Glen Falls Bridge stands as a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of that era. It is a prime example of a lenticular truss bridge, a design that was quite prevalent during the 19th century. While hundreds of these bridges once dotted the Connecticut landscape, the Glen Falls Bridge is among the few survivors, adding to its historical significance.

Situated on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Moosup, this historic bridge used to carry Brunswick Avenue over the Moosup River. Approached from both ends by spurs of Brunswick Avenue, the bridge's location is steeped in history, with a 19th-century mill complex standing proudly on the north bank of the river, just east of the bridge.

The Glen Falls Bridge boasts a single-span wrought iron lenticular pony truss design, stretching 124 feet in length. It rests atop 20th-century reinforced concrete abutments and offers an 18-foot wide roadway. The trusses themselves reach a height of about 18 feet above the road deck, which is situated approximately 10 feet above the glistening waters of the river below.

In its heyday, this bridge served as a vital artery for the area, forming the main east-west route through the region. However, as time marched forward, it was bypassed by the current alignment of Connecticut Route 14 in 1940. While the trusses bear witness to history, some portions have undergone replacement over the course of the 20th century. Additionally, the main support posts, known as portal struts, were replaced in 1920.

Despite its rich history and architectural significance, the Glen Falls Bridge has remained closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic for many years. Nevertheless, its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, with reference number 99000408, solidifies its status as a cherished relic of the past.

As one of only three lenticular through trusses in Connecticut, the Glen Falls Bridge holds a special place in the hearts of bridge enthusiasts and history aficionados. While vehicular passage is no longer possible, the bridge remains accessible to pedestrians, offering a unique opportunity to step back in time and admire the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

While there are no designated parking areas for visitors, it is permissible to park on either side of the bridge to marvel at this architectural marvel and reflect on the stories it holds within its wrought iron trusses. The Glen Falls Bridge stands as a living testament to the enduring spirit of history, waiting for curious souls to discover its hidden beauty and unravel the tales of Plainfield's past.

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Brunswick Avenue, Plainfield, Connecticut

GPS Coordinates:
41.717028, -71.861389
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No cars are allowed to cross the bridge and there is no dedicated parking area for visitors of the bridge. That said, it seems find to park on either side of the bridge and admire the old structure.


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