This bridge is an excellent and rare example of a stone arch bridge in Ontario. Few examples of this bridge type remain in Ontario. This example retains good historic integrity, although a small northern concrete arch span has been added. The original stone spans appear to be largely unaltered from their original design. The bridge appears to be well-maintained, and it is a recognized heritage bridge.
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Description of Historic Place
Gow's Bridge spans the Speed River on the west side of Royal City Park. This stone bridge continues to serve both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Gow's Bridge has been designated by the City of Guelph as having historic and architectural value. This stone arch bridge remains as the only surviving example of several stone bridges which once crossed Guelph's
rivers. The bridge was built for the City Council in 1897 by Daniel Keleher, a local contractor. It replaced a wooden bridge constructed at this site in 1852 to circumvent the toll bridges on the Guelph and Dundas Roads.
Key character defining elements that embody the value of the bridge as an example of stone bridge construction include its:
Heritage Designation and Type: Yes
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