1847: Pameacha Bridge

The south end of this “frail fabric” gave way Friday afternoon, under the influence of as gentle a rain as nature could send on mother earth. It sunk calmly and smoothly without noise, rout, or clatter, and lies now a silent memento of human littleness. It is most devoutly to be hoped that a monument will be speedily raised over its ruins worthy the notoriety at home and far diffused celebrity of Pameacha Bridge. It will have no long story to tell–of how short was its span of life, of how humble its aspirations–but that story will have a moral for the world and the Turnpike Company.

From The Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), Wednesday, August 4, 1847.
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