Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections
Sixteen Mile Creek 1885 Bridge
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Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
This photograph of "the metal 88-foot (26.8 m) bridge built in 1885 was the first dependable bridge to carry Dundas Street over Sixteen Mile Creek but came too late for the villagers. It served well until the first concrete high-level bridge spanned the ravine in 1921, an engineering marvel which people came from miles around to see. The old tortuous road was finally closed in 1922. In 1960 the 1921 bridge was in its turn superseded by the present four-lane bridge, but the piers of the earlier bridge remain. Now in 2008, the bridge is again undergoing reconstruction with new piers built on the same line as 1921. Taken from "Sixteen Hollow - 1820-1880: by Judith Bourke, link provided in this record.

Ms. Bourke also says, "The journey to the village at the foot of the steeply sloping sides of the ravine was notoriously dangerous."

For more information on the Sixteen Hollow Village, please read Ms. Bourke's full article.
Notes
Note the two women standing on the bridge. Their long dresses and the power lines indicate this photograph may have been taken around 1920.
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Sixteen Bridge
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Local identifier
TTHSACL00082
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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Sixteen Mile Creek 1885 Bridge
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Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton
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Sixteen Mile Creek 1885 Bridge


This photograph of "the metal 88-foot (26.8 m) bridge built in 1885 was the first dependable bridge to carry Dundas Street over Sixteen Mile Creek but came too late for the villagers. It served well until the first concrete high-level bridge spanned the ravine in 1921, an engineering marvel which people came from miles around to see. The old tortuous road was finally closed in 1922. In 1960 the 1921 bridge was in its turn superseded by the present four-lane bridge, but the piers of the earlier bridge remain. Now in 2008, the bridge is again undergoing reconstruction with new piers built on the same line as 1921. Taken from "Sixteen Hollow - 1820-1880: by Judith Bourke, link provided in this record.

Ms. Bourke also says, "The journey to the village at the foot of the steeply sloping sides of the ravine was notoriously dangerous."

For more information on the Sixteen Hollow Village, please read Ms. Bourke's full article.