kids encyclopedia robot

Skilton Road Bridge facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Skilton Road Bridge
Skilton Road Bridge is located in Connecticut
Skilton Road Bridge
Location in Connecticut
Skilton Road Bridge is located in the United States
Skilton Road Bridge
Location in the United States
Location Skilton Rd. over the Nonewaug R., Watertown, Connecticut
Area less than one acre
Built 1865 (1865)
Architectural style Masonry-arch bridge
NRHP reference No. 91001744
Added to NRHP December 10, 1991

The Skilton Road Bridge is a historic stone arch bridge, carrying Skilton Road across the Nonewaug River in northwestern Watertown, Connecticut. The bridge was built in 1865-66, and is a rare well-preserved example of a mid-19th century stone bridge. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Description and history

The Skilton Road Bridge is located in a rural-residential area of northwestern Watertown, spanning the Nonewaug River between Hinman Road and Hickory Lane. The bridge has an overall length of 35 feet (11 m), with a single arch spanning 20 feet (6.1 m). It is made of dry laid local stone, and is built on a stone ledge on one side and a stone abutment on the other. The stones which form the barrel of the arch are roughly worked, while those filling the spandrels show little evidence of work. The arch is a slightly asymmetrical segmented arch, probably due to the difficulties involved in working at the site. The bridge is 16 feet (4.9 m) wide, and carries a single lane of traffic.

The bridge was built either in 1865-66, after the town voted in 1865 to fund its construction; Skilton Road was at the time the major route between Watertown and Bethlehem. Stone, a more expensive construction material than wood, was probably chosen because of its longer lifespan, and because a mill dam just upstream (now breached) whose breach would have caused flooding that would endanger a wooden bridge. This bridge is fairly typical of mid-19th century stone bridges, which were once quite numerous in the state.

National Hispanic Heritage Month on Kiddle
Famous Hispanic actresses
Eden Espinosa
Cameron Diaz
Eva Longoria
Rita Moreno
kids search engine
Skilton Road Bridge Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.