Keystone Bridge "A" - Middlefield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 18.530 W 073° 00.859
18T E 663655 N 4685975
Quick Description: Keystone Bridge "A" is the westernmost intact stone arch railroad bridge along the keystone Arch Bridge Trail in Middlefield, MA. The parking area is off Middlefield Road in Chester, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/8/2021 4:52:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM14C2K
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
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Long Description:
The Keystone Arch Bridges are a series of stone arch bridges built to allow railroad traffic to cross the steep gorges of the Westfield River in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts on their way to reach the Erie Canal in New York State. The bridges were constructed by West Point graduate Major George Washington Whistler and William Gibbs McNeill. They were built without mortar or steel reinforcement and are the oldest railroad bridges of their kind in the United States.

The construction of the Keystone Arch Bridge trail has made several of these bridges accessible to the public. There are four bridges, three of which can be easily reached: Keystone Bridge "A", Keystone Bridge "B" and the Double Arch Keystone Bridge. There is no public access to Keystone Bridge "C".

The westernmost bridge on Keystone Arch trail is the majestic 80' high Keystone Bridge "A". It was built in 1840-1841 by the Western Railroad to connect Worcester, MA to and W. Stockbridge at the Massachusetts-New York state line where it connected with the Albany and West Stockbridge Railroad. The bridges were a key link in the first trunk line completed in the united States.

The Keystone Arch Bridge District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Physical Location (city, county, etc.): Middlefield, MA

Road, Highway, Street, etc.: Western Railroad Bridge

Water or other terrain spanned: Westfield River

Architect/Builder: Major George Washington Whistler and William Gibbs McNeill

Construction Date: 1840-1841

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