Friday, November 2, 2007

Forest Hills Bridge

I love this postcard picture of the Forest Hills railroad bridge. It's a piece of old Jamaica Plain that I actually remember. The picture is looking from the Washington street side over towards South street receding up the hill. The Bussey Institute was just to the right, and Asticou road to the left and out of sight. The in- and outbound train stations are on either side of the tracks to the left. And I'm pretty sure that the Elevated station was yet to be built.

There are five arched passages under the bridge - three wide and two narrow. A drawing in the Boston Globe in 1897 labels the passageways (from left to right in the above picture) as follows:

Morton street - Footpath - Carriage way - Bridle Path - For General Travel

The greenery shown in the postcard was lost when the Casey Overpass was built in the 1950s to alleviate traffic at the intersection of Washington street and the Arborway/Morton street.

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