Monday, January 14, 2008
The Jug Bridge as it is today
In my last post, I shared some photographs of the historic jug bridge that carried the National Road over the Monocacy River, near Frederick, Maryland, for more than 130 years. In this post, I'll share some photographs of the site as it is today. In my next post, I'll have some photographs of the beautiful concrete arch bridge which replaced the stone one, and which has, in turn, been replaced.
Above, the location of the jug bridge in the Monocacy River, as seen from the concrete arch bridge - the stone arch bridge crossed the river a bit above the cable line running through the water.
No remains of the bridge are visible on the eastern bank of the river, though more investigation is warranted.
The western abutment and approach have survived.
Interior structure of the bridge.
On top of the western abutment, one encounters this wall and sign, preventing further travel - at the present, this is a somewhat moot point, as the road becomes private before it gets here.
This is the view from the "Road Closed" sign, looking west, toward Frederick.
The jug from the bridge has been preserved in a park in Frederick.