Item 16431 - Old Chain Bridge over the Merrimack River, circa 1893

Item 16431 - Old Chain Bridge over the Merrimack River, circa 1893
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Item 16431
Old Chain Bridge over the Merrimack River, circa 1893
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A horse-drawn buggy crosses over the old chain bridge over the Merrimack River between Newburyport and Amesbury, Massachusetts, around 1893.

When it was first built in 1810 (on the site of an earlier wooden bridge) this bridge was one of the earliest wrought-iron chain suspension bridges in America, and the first in New England. When original span collapsed in 1827, an identical bridge was rebuilt the same summer, and served as a model for many later bridges, including the 1852 chain bridge in Kingfield, Maine.

This photo was taken on a Stanley Dry Plate and preserved as an example of the Stanley Dry Plate Company's products.

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