Although the swing span of this bridge was destroyed by a boat, the two fixed through truss approach spans remain and have heritage value. Lengths given are estimates. The surviving through truss spans appear to be 120 feet in length each.
An 1896 construction date was given for this bridge. If accurate, the surviving fixed through truss spans are early surviving examples of rivet-connected truss construction.
Sylvain Perron provided some information on the name of the bridge: "char" is a noun that French-Canadians originally used for a railway car. With the advent of the automobile, "char" went on also to be used for cars. Modern usage of the word for railcar is uncommon. It is also found in the phrase "un char pis une barge" (a railcar and a barge), meaning "a lot." So, pont des Chars stands for "Railcars' Bridge."
Above: Historical photo of bridge.
Above: 1980s photo of bridge. Photographer unknown.
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