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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Colrain once had more than nine covered bridges, including these two off Adamsville Road at the beginning of the Heath Road. This 1921 photo is from the collection of the Colrain Historical Society. Both bridges were destroyed in the flood of March 18, 1936.
Calvin P. Call (1910-2007), in notes about Colrain’s covered bridges wrote “Near the Frank Herzig Barrel Shop were 2 bridges. The largest bridge was on the main part of the river. The smaller and shorter covered bridge was over the canal that ran a waterwheel for power for the mill.” Calvin’s notes are in the collection of his great-niece Carol Purington.
The recently reopened Arthur A. Smith bridge in Lyonsville is a replica of the last of the town’s historic bridges, retaining its original rare Burr trusses.
Posted by Don at 11:49 AM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The “Colrain on Canvas” 2021 calendar is available at many local locations for $15. Stop by soon and pick up your copy. They are also great gifts for friends and family, far and near.
Sale locations include
- Boswell’s Books
- Sawyers News Co.
- Marty’s Repair
- Colrain Town Office
- Catamount Country Store
- Hager’s Farm Market
- Pine Hill Orchards
- or call (413) 624-8800
Proceeds benefit the Colrain Historical Society.
We are looking forward to presenting “Colrain on Canvas II” on May 22 & 23, 2021. Fifty paintings of Colrain scenes that were not included in our original show.
Posted by Don at 9:40 AM
Saturday, September 26, 2020
|A car enters the east end of the Arthur A. Smith covered bridge on Friday, September 25, 2020.|
For the first time since 1982, cars cruised through the iconic Arthur A. Smith covered bridge on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The last of more than nine covered bridges that dotted the town historically, this is actually an exact replica of the original bridge, with its Burr trusses, on this site.
First built in Shattuckville in 1869, and known as the Fox Bridge, it was damaged by flood in 1878, repaired and moved to its present site on the east branch of the North River in 1896. Laminated wooden arches were installed to strengthen the bridge in the 1920s.
It was closed to traffic as unsafe in 1982. Removed from the river for repair by a team of oxen in 1990, the bridge was later rebuilt by the state in 2007, but it remained closed to traffic until this week.
See this article in the Shelburne Falls Independent for information about the rebuilding of the bridge.
http://www.sfindependent.net/site/assets/PDF/SFI51.pdfRepairs near completion for Arthur Smith Bridge.Historic covered ‘Burr arch’ bridge is the last of its kind in Massachusetts.By Laura Rodley
Posted by Don at 9:43 AM