This riveted through truss bridge is next to a historic highway truss bridge, which is actually newer than this pedestrian bridge. This pedestrian bridge was likely constructed to provide workers access to the paper mills on the other side of the canal. Nationwide, old riveted pedestrian-only truss bridges are uncommon, but Massachusetts has a lot of them due to the many canals that dissect so many of its cities. These pedestrian bridges were often placed to allow workers access to work who lives near their place of work and so did not drive to work.
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