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New Bedford - Fairhaven Bridge

Crossing The Acushnet River
View From The Yacht Club - Colorized Photo - Early 1900's

We are looking from the east side of the turn style bridge over to the west side where we see a trolley car and a horse and buggy traveling between New Bedford and Fairhaven

At the time of this photo, there was a pier (not in this image) with a building on it extending south from the
easternmost section of the bridge; that building was the Yacht Club.

The perspective that we have here as the view is from that building. More below.

(click the pict for a larger image)

New Bedford Fairhaven Bridge -

This bridge was built from 1900 - 1902 was one of several built over the years finally ending up with the
strong stone supports and a roadway that are still in place into the 21'st century.

Due to the fact that there is a trolley car, and horse and buggy we can guess at the year that the picture was taken as buggies were out of use for the most part after gasoline powered vehicles became more popular.

The trolley system changed over to busses starting with the New Bedford to Fall River run in 1933 and in May
of 1947, the trolley system was totally abandoned in favor of busses.