Union Street Bridge (Lawrence, MA)

3510017The Library owns the account book used when the bridge was the Lawrence Toll Bridge.  It also has a series of photographs from the Boston Bridge Works who rebuilt the bridge in 1888.  Two of the photos are of the Union Street Bridge.

The Lawrence Bridge was built and chartered in 1854 for the purpose of accommodating the traffic between Lawrence and North Andover and to avoid the railroad crossing.  It followed Union Street over the Merrimack River.  It opened for business November 8th, 1855, the owners celebrating the event that evening with dinner at the Franklin House.  The Lawrence Bridge Company ran the bridge as toll bridge until August 7, 1868, at 9:00 AM, when the bridge became free as a public highway.  The city paid the larger part of the value assuming the care of the bridge under the county commissioner’s award.  Nicholas Chapman performed the function as Keeper of the Lawrence Bridge during the entire time the company collected tolls.  Every month he collected the fees and turned them in to George D. Cabot, the manager of the Lawrence Gas Company.  The Lawrence Bridge was destroyed by fire in 1887 and rebuilt in iron 1888 by the Boston Bridge Works.  It was built as a five-span through truss bridge with George L Vose as the engineer with It is a five riveted, double-intersection Warren through truss spans and is 609.9 ft. in length.  At present it is known as the Union Street Bridge or the Duck Bridge (in honor of the mill nearby the produced duck fabric) and enables 29,000 vehicles to cross every day.

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  1. [...] Bridge Works Posted on November 16, 2009 by queencityma The Lawrence Bridge was built and chartered in 1854 for the purpose of accommodating the traffic between Lawrence and [...]

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