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Stone Cradle Bridge at White Farm
Description
Media Type
Image
Text
Item Type
Photographs
Description
One of the last surviving ‘Stone Crib’ bridges in Grey County pictured in the 1970’s. It spanned the Saugeen river which runs through the property opposite the old railroad on the West Back Line of the previous Township of Artemesia. The farm belonged to the White family for two generations. Each spring the ancient stone structures supporting the bridge trembled when the ice ‘went out’ piling the ice floes against them. Eventually in the 1980’s when the farm changed hands the old bridge was demolished & replaced by a ‘Bailey’ type bridge, capable of carrying heavy farm machinery & with no midriver supports to hinder the free flow of ice each spring.
Notes
See p.92-93 of Split Rail Country Vol. II for more information
Inscriptions
[From reverse of photo] The old ‘cradle’ bridge across the Saugeen leading into White’s farm. Rocks cradled by tree logs from the supports for the bridge planks. Ice dams would form here in the spring break up & threaten to push the bridge out. A few years after this [picture] was taken Smyth bought the farm & a ‘bailey’ type bridge was put across the river in place of the old bridge. [Pesry?] negotiated for this with the Artemesia Township in exchange for a strip of land for straightening road.
Date of Original
c.1970
Date Of Event
c.1970
Subject(s)
Local identifier
StoneCradleBridgeWhiteFarm
Collection
Split Rail Country Volume 2
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.2568186660653 Longitude: -80.5926990509033
Donor
Joan Wood
Contact
Grey Highlands Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

101 Highland Drive

Box 280 Flesherton, ON

519-924-2241

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Stone Cradle Bridge at White Farm


One of the last surviving ‘Stone Crib’ bridges in Grey County pictured in the 1970’s. It spanned the Saugeen river which runs through the property opposite the old railroad on the West Back Line of the previous Township of Artemesia. The farm belonged to the White family for two generations. Each spring the ancient stone structures supporting the bridge trembled when the ice ‘went out’ piling the ice floes against them. Eventually in the 1980’s when the farm changed hands the old bridge was demolished & replaced by a ‘Bailey’ type bridge, capable of carrying heavy farm machinery & with no midriver supports to hinder the free flow of ice each spring.