The "Octopus", where several streets merge at the foot of the bridge on the western (New Bedford) side is not
built yet in this picture giving us a general timeline by which to date the photo.
The current Route 18 is not yet created in this painting.
If you click on the image it will enlarge and then click your mouse over that image and it will be able to
enlarge it again
quite a bit more, showing greater detail.
Colorized photographs and paintings made from photographs were common in earlier times.
A lot of the old postcards postcards used this kind of artwork.
Go to the other pictures of the bridge to see some fascinating historical paintings and photos.
This is the view is looking toward Fairhaven.