August 31, 2017

Boston Public Gardens Foot Bridge

The Boston Garden Footbridge is a small bridge that allows pedestrians a quick way to cross the lagoon at the center of the Boston Public Gardens.

Foot Bridge

Ten things that I learned about the Public Garden Footbridge

  • Created by Clemens Herschel and William G. Preston. Opened on June 1, 1867
  • Clemens Herschel (March 23, 1842 - March 1, 1930) was an American hydraulic engineer. He is most famous for the Venturi meter which was the first large-scale, accurate device for measuring water flow.
  • William G. Preston ( September 29, 1842 - March 26, 1910) was an American architect who also designed the building at 234 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA.
  • Was once the world's shortest functioning suspension bridge before its conversion to a girder bridge in 1921. Its original suspension system is now merely a bridge decoration.
  • Part of the Haffenreffer Walk - Named after a Jamaica Plain Beer baron Theodore H. Haffenreffer (l880-1956). The name of the walk was made popular by Gov John Hynes in the 1950s.
  • Official registered on the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 1987.
  • Sometimes called the Lagoon Bridge. Official name is: Boston Public Garden Foot Bridge
  • Bridge is made of Grey Stone and Steel.
  • The bridge length is 104 ft (31 m), the width is 12 feet. The height under the bridge is 12 feet.
  • On one of the Bridge post is a marker to remember Lt. Michael Patrick Quinn US, who did in Vietnam in 1969. He spent his summers working the Swan Boats before enlisting in the Army.

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Winter View of the Bridge

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