(from "Dedication New Connecticut River Bridge" published in American Enterprise Souvenir, East Hartford, Connecticut, 1908).

In 1908, a huge new bridge opened, spanning the Connecticut River at Hartford. The Bulkley Bridge, as it became known, was a huge effort by five local towns who felt that a bridge would be good for commerce. The opening of the bridge included a celebratory parade with floats from each town and a special large-format newspaper published for the occasion, with histories and biographies from the area towns.

The title page, pictured here, lists the contents: "A History of the Development of the Greatest Stone Arch Bridge in the World, With Over Forty Illustrations," and "Views of All Hartford Parks, Many Public Buildings, and a Large Album of Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Citizens of the District."

The "Souvenir Number" was published by The American Enterprise of East Hartford, Connecticut. The publication includes short biographies of prominent people from Manchester, such as Dr. Francis Whiton, who actually opposed Manchester's participation in the bridge effort, Maro Chapman, Dr. D.C.Y. Moore, William E. Buckland, and James W. Cheney.

Thanks to Bob Gauthier for scanning the Manchester pages of this large publication.


Hartford Bridge, Over the Connecticut River
William L. Buckland   The Honorable Maro S. Chapman
James W. Cheney   Oliver Magnell
Dr. D.C.Y. Moore   Dr. Francis H. Whiton

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