Sepia Saturday #332: A Few Bridges of Sussex County





This birthday card was given to my Aunt Sadie from Kitty Smith who would go on to marry Sadie’s uncle, Adam Repsher. (Kitty has a scheduled Sepia Saturday post for 30 July 2016.) I had to search the inside of cards for an image of a bridge. This card is rich with pastel colors and has a bucolic spring scene on the front. Some blue ribbed ribbon is used as embellishment on the front. On the inside, a foot bridge stands ready to take someone back over the stream to the orange-roofed cottage which is hiding in the background.
IMG_9934Out here in Arizona, there are plenty of bridges but they’re over dry river beds and washes. When traveling around the back roads of Pima, Pinal, and Cochise counties, it’s quite an event to actually IMG_9939see running water and usually the people in the car exclaim, “Hey, look, look, look! There’s water running!” This video on YouTube shows what happens when the rivers are running. This is the same Rillito River from the dry photo, just one block over during Monsoon Season of 2006.

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 9.55.57 AMBut water under bridges is a common sight from where I grew up in Sussex County, New Jersey. The Dingman’s Ferry and Bridge is one our family has crossed over any number of times on our way into Pennsylvania. It’s a toll bridge that is used to get over the Delaware River. Nicholas A. Tonelli has a wonderful photo of this two-lane, wooden slatted bridge on Flickr Commons. It’s a very narrow bridge and very rattly when your car is going over it.

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 10.24.35 AMRural Sussex County has small bridges all over. This 1912 vintage postcard, from the collection of Donald A. Robbins, Newton, shows one in Swartswood taking people over the Paulinskill. The postcard gives a great view of the tall trees and pastures that used to make up much of the county’s land. The bridge has since been replaced by a more modern bridge named the H-03 on Route 622. This particular one was downstream from the 1890 original bridge. The original was described as: “During the development of plans for the new bridge, local historians advised the County that the original Bridge H-03 built circa 1890 was a metal truss bridge on stone masonry abutments located several hundred feet downstream of the existing bridge.”

This is another beautiful stone bridge at Running Brook Farm in Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey.  This historic district in Lafayette was recently added to the New Jersey Register of Historic places.Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 11.19.49 AM

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 6.54.10 PMThe Sussex County Historical Society has a number of glass plate negatives from which that my father was fortunate to be able to make prints. One of those glass plates shows another old bridge in Augusta, Sussex County, New Jersey. This bridge is located on Augusta Hill Road just before it the road intersects with Rt 206 also known as Hampton House Road through this part of Sussex County. That is the Paulinskill under it. The map shows the location of the Augusta Hill Road bridge.Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.03.01 PM

And my last one is another vintage postcard that shows Stillwater Bridge in Stillwater, Sussex County, New Jersey. I’m quite sure this bridge has long since been replaced too by something more modern and much wider.

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The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo: Bridge over water

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5 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday #332: A Few Bridges of Sussex County

  1. Wonderful pix of old bridges. The old wooden & stone bridges of yesteryear have/had so much character – unlike the modern steel & cement structures of today. Up in Yosemite Nat’l Park there was a huge outcry from park-goers when talk began about dismantling some of the original stone bridges & replacing them with more modern ones that wouldn’t “obstruct the natural flow of the (Merced) river”. How stupid. The river will flow as it flows – through old bridge or new. So far, the old bridges have not been replaced, but who knows how long that will last?


    • They’ve had some luck out here in Arizona in keeping structures from being replaced because they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and they’re considered “historical” in nature. I like the aesthetics of the old construction, so I’m glad the new modern bridges haven’t completely taken over.


  2. Old bridges seem to portray the history of the places and people. They were usually cared for well by the folks around because they were so necessary and personal in a way. Your photos and cards seem to portray that feeling.


  3. Bridges are so pretty and picturesque, but I get very nervous driving on them. I always imagine them following with me on it. They were highly unimaginative naming that bridge H-03. Bridges deserve majestic names.


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