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Charles Eliot Bridge - Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 12.814 W 071° 06.749
19T E 325631 N 4675649
Quick Description: The Eliot Bridge is a stone arch trail bridge near the summit of Blue Hill, and is named after Charles Eliot, who was instrumental in preserving the park now known as Blue Hills Reservation.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/21/2008 3:42:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM50DN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 15

Long Description:
This well built stone masonry bridge is part of a set of structures near the summit of Great Blue Hill, which has a height of 635 ft. In addition to the bridge, there is an observation tower and a picnic area, also made of stone masonry. Though there is an access road to the summit of the hill (authorized vehicles only), the majority of trails on the hill are unimproved.

The bridge is located between trail intersections 1063 and 1066 on a map. The main trail that crosses the bridge is the North Skyline Trail, which rejoins the South Skyline Trail near the south end of the bridge. The bridge stands about 10 feet above the ravine. On the south side of the bridge, the trail is dirt. On the north side, the trail is stone-ledge at the end of the bridge which changes to fine gravel in the picnic area.

According to a Massachusetts site that lists historical bridges
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this bridge (Bridge No. M25034) was built in 1904, and the crossing is listed as a drainage ditch. On the bridge is a plaque that is a memorial to Charles Eliot.

According the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation web site
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Charles Eliot was a landscape architect who worked for Frederick Law Olmsted and was the primary founder and architect of what was then the Metropolitan Park System (since been folded into the state's park system). He arranged for the purchase of thousands of acres of land immediately around Boston, including what is now the Blue Hills Reservation.

The area is well used by hikers and the bridge probably does as much protecting the ravine from erosion as it allows hikers to conveniently cross it.

Length of bridge: 100 ft

Height of bridge: 9 ft

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Hikers

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
Small ravine near the summit of a hill.

Date constructed: 01/01/1904

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Skyline Trail and summit connector trail

Town of Milton in Norfolk County

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