Trafalgar Township Historical Society Digital Collections
Jacquelyn's Bridge, 1916
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Posted by Andy, 27 November 2011 at 12:29

I don't know for sure and I couldn't swear to it, but given the look, I'm inclined to think this was the original bridge that carried 4th Line over Sixteen Mile Creek just north of where the 407 is now. There's remnant abutment about half way down the closed road on the north side that strongly reminds me of the one seen on the left side of this photo, and it is faced immediately by the face of the cut, as this one is here. If I'm right, what a great photo!

Posted by Andy, 2 December 2011 at 5:50

I am strongly persuaded by my own visits to the site and the comments of others that this was the bridge crossing from the still-existing abutment half way down Fourth Line (now closed) on the northwest side of Sixteen Mile Creek. A humbler-looking one-lane bridge, usually closed in the winter but permanently closed in the early 2000s, would be what replaced this bridge, a few dozen yards out of the scene to the left.

This is the location, I think...

http://maps.google.com/?ll=43.483413,-79.773341&spn=0.001621,0.002693&t=h&z=19&vpsrc=6

The bridge in this photo would have been about 100 feet northward of the bridge showing in the GoogleMap view.

Posted by Neil, 6 December 2011 at 21:28

If you look on Bing Maps and use the birds eye view it has a good view from all angles. the banks may be too high for the creek beside 4th line at Rebecca, but it looks about right for the old bridge north of the 407 as you can see through the trees in the new picture.

Posted by William Mewes, 28 November 2014 at 4:28

I have a copy of the same postcard mailed in 1906 so you may adjust the image date if you do so desire.

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Jacquelyn's Bridge, 1916


November 2011; a comment has been received that this bridge is possibly the original one that carried Fourth Line north over the Sixteen Mile Creek at Lower Base Line. "Jacquelyn's Bridge" would have been about 100 feet further along of the present day north side bridge abutment shown in the 2nd recent photograph included in this record. See the modern day photograph by clicking on the drop-down menu of "Pages" "Select" above. Today, Fourth Line is closed in this area just north of Highway 407. After crossing the Creek, the old road rises steeply up the side of the cliff above the river. The commenter adds, "There's a remnant of abutment about half way down the closed road on the north side that strongly reminds me of the one seen on the left side of this photo, and it is faced immediately by the face of the cut, as this one is here." A link to the Google Maps satellite imagery of the location is also included in this record for your further information. The url is: http://maps.google.com/?ll=43.483413,-79.773341&spn=0.001621,0.002693&t=h&z=19&vpsrc=6 2017 Update: Information has been received about the above bridge from the Wilson family, family of Ernest and Minnie Henderson. The above information is correct. This is not - as has been often suggested - the Henderson Park bridge which is on Lower Base Line just east of Regional Road 25. Henderson Bridge was originally built as a 70 foot single lane steel truss bridge with wooden plank decking on stone masonry that was in place pre1900. Repairs in 1969 and 1981 removed much of the original bridge. See our other internet records on the Henderson family and Henderson Park for more information on the Henderson Bridge. The local name of "Jacquelyn's Bridge" is not known to TTHS members; similar local names of bridges crossing the Sixteen are the "Barnstaple" bridge, as locals referred to the bridge just past the Barnstaple family farm, and the "Henderson" bridge, similarly named. Notice the two men reclining on the southwest bank, posed to add interest to the photograph and to highlight the scenery. Postcards such as this one were commonly commissioned by local post offices for the use of visitors to the area. One comment to this postcard record says that their copy of the same postcard was mailed in 1906.