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1800's - New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge Photo

This is a photograph from the 1800's showing good detail about the bridge etc.

If you click on the image it will enlarge.

Then click your mouse over that image, and it will be able to enlarge it again quite a bit more, showing fascinating details.

On the left appears to be a gas light for the bridgeway illumination although many were
converted to electricity later on.

Electrical wires are strung on the pole proving that this was the late 1800's after the advent of electricity for New Bedford and Fairhaven.

Go to 1800's New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge Scene 1 to see the historic painting made from this photo.

Enlarge the pic and see the text on the sign placed on the left side bridge support
that warns people to walk the horses over the bridge.

The slim man with the bicycle has a modern looking bike for the times. His pant cuffs are tied up to keep them from getting caught in the chain.

The four horse wagon appears to be carrying a load of wood, as well as three men. If it rained they did not have the comfort of an enclosed truck as we do today forcing them to be victims of the elements.

This is the view looking toward Fairhaven
(click the picture for a larger image)

1800's photograph of the New Bedford - Fairhaven Bidge -