Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

Spring 5-8-1985

Description

This aerial shows the city of Providence over the Seekonk River, as well as the bridges that cross this river. The Seekonk River begins where the Blackstone River reaches sea level, which is just under Pawtucket Falls. From here, the river flows south between Providence and East Providence eventually flowing into the Providence River between Bold and India Point. Also seen here is the Henderson Bridge which connects the cities of Providence and East Providence. Originally opened in 1969, it was built to replace the old Red Bridge. The Henderson Bridge was named after its designer George Henderson from Rumford, RI. Also seen here is the Crook Point Bascule Bridge or the Seekonk River Drawbridge. Built in 1908, this bridge provided connection to the old Union Station along the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad line. This bridge was abandoned in 1976 and it is known to nearby residents as the "Stuck-Up Bridge" for its stuck up open position and has become somewhat of a local icon of urban decay.

Notes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seekonk_River

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henderson_Bridge_(Rhode_Island)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crook_Point_Bascule_Bridge

interesting photos and resources related to the Seekonk River Bridge:
http://proteus.brown.edu/urbanism/3903

picture of the Seekonk River Bridge in down position:
http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo=2004051712391620075.jpg&order=byyear&page=8&key=1954

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Subject Headings

Seekonk River (Providence, R.I.); Aerial photography -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Drawbridges -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Railroad bridges -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Keywords

aerial; Seekonk river; Seekonk River Bridge; railroad bridges; drawbridges

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