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By Roger Chartier


Image of the 1700's Bridge at Lund's Corner in the North of New Bedford rebuilt in 1828
Formerly called "Bedford Village, Ma."

In 1828

Of what is present day New Bedford formerly known as Bedford Village this was a bridge crossing the Acushnet River at the head of the river.
On September 5 1778, the British Army crossed here on an older bridge to destroy what they could in Acushnet and Fairhaven after burning much of New Bedford.

The first water reservoir was to the north of this and was made by damming some of the flow of the river.

(click the picture for a larger image)

There was a smaller village in that area and today you can see some vestiges of the village where there are old homes and stone walls. Here is another view with the Old Quaker Meeting house in the view.

In the early 1900's possibly around WW1 Felix Chartier built a light airplane with a 6 foot wingspan and powered it with a spring motor from a victrola.

He then loaded in his mother's cat as a passenger and launched it from the bridge down the river. The cat managed to escape after the (crash?) landing but was never seen again.

1828 The Bridge at Lund's Corner in New Bedford, Ma. -