That’s exactly where it used to be. The oldest aerial photo I could find from i-MapNJDEP was from 1930, but when I zoomed in close it became too grainy to actually see the bridge.
What I know:
My grandfather bought the property from Penn Central in ’78. I bought it from him in ’86. I have copy of an L&HR site survey (dated Feb 20, 1930) showing the “wooden Bridge” still in existence. Documentation from a White Township Planning Board meeting discussing the future removal of the bridge naming L&HR to remove the bridge (dated: March 1, 1930).
What I don’t know:
Who actually owned the bridge, State, County, Municipal, or L&HR?
What the bridge actually looked like.
What is rumored (RR lore?):
While building my house here a local family friend, named Earl Hoyt (now deceased), pointed to the area and told me that there was a covered wooden bridge there, and added it was removed after a person was decapitated while riding on top of a train car as it passed under the bridge. I plan to scan through the news paper articles to see if it made the papers.
The only other story I have heard about the bridge was from my neighbor (also now deceased). She was in her 80’s when I met her. She told me that she lived on this property her whole life, and when she was a little girl she would wander down under the bridge and play with the hobo’s all day. I spoke to her grandson the other day, he is also a railfan, and asked if he had any old pictures handed down from his grandmother that has the bridge in it, so he is going to look.
I honestly just want to see what the bridge looked like. I like the thought that the property I live on has RR history attached to it, and I want to know as much about it as I can.