Picture St. Marys
Water Street Bridge, 1898


Description
Creator:
Milton Reesor, Photographer
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
A photograph showing the Water Street Bridge in 1898. This photo is the earliest known photo taken of the Water Street Bridge. The steel through-truss bridge was built in the year 1898. The photo was taken by local amateur photograph Milton Reesor. The full length of the bridge can be seen in this photo along with the approaches and railings on either side. At this time, the mill dam was blocking the mouth of Trout Creek, which created a deep body of water.

Many local residents felt that limestone was the only fitting material to be used for a bridge in St. Marys. However, the construction of this steel-trussed bridge was cheaper and faster than a stone bridge would have been. Several landmarks are visible behind and around the bridge including the old Fire Hall tower on Water Street, the Methodist Church spire is visible to the left of the Fire Hall through the bridge's trusses and to the far left the Town Hall can be spotted.
Notes:
Condition: Good - Image is fairly clear. Slight discolouration over all. "Foggy" appearance on photo's bottom edge. Bottom left corner has some minor wear.
Inscriptions:
"Steel Bridge over Trout Creek. St. Marys."
Date of Original:
1898
Dimensions:
Width: 17.3 cm
Height: 11.3 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 9.9cm
Image Height: 7.6cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
Reesor054
Collection:
St. Marys Museum Photo Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.25009 Longitude: -81.13304
Donor:
Dan O'Toole
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
"Water Street Bridge, 1898", St. Marys Museum, Reesor054.
Location of Original:
R. Lorne Eedy Archives
Terms of Use:
Reproduction of digital objects is restricted to fair use for personal research or study; any other use must be done with permission of copyright holder.
Reproduction Notes:
This image is a watermarked low resolution reproduction. High resolution images are available at the St. Marys Museum for a fee.
Contact
St. Marys Museum
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

177 Church Street South,

P.O. Box 998,

St. Marys, Ontario.

N4X 1B6

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Water Street Bridge, 1898


A photograph showing the Water Street Bridge in 1898. This photo is the earliest known photo taken of the Water Street Bridge. The steel through-truss bridge was built in the year 1898. The photo was taken by local amateur photograph Milton Reesor. The full length of the bridge can be seen in this photo along with the approaches and railings on either side. At this time, the mill dam was blocking the mouth of Trout Creek, which created a deep body of water.

Many local residents felt that limestone was the only fitting material to be used for a bridge in St. Marys. However, the construction of this steel-trussed bridge was cheaper and faster than a stone bridge would have been. Several landmarks are visible behind and around the bridge including the old Fire Hall tower on Water Street, the Methodist Church spire is visible to the left of the Fire Hall through the bridge's trusses and to the far left the Town Hall can be spotted.