August 31, 2017

Boston Public Gardens Foot Bridge

The Boston Garden Footbridge is a small bridge that allows pedestrians a quick way to cross the lagoon at the center of the Boston Public Gardens.

Foot Bridge

Ten things that I learned about the Public Garden Footbridge

  • Created by Clemens Herschel and William G. Preston. Opened on June 1, 1867
  • Clemens Herschel (March 23, 1842 - March 1, 1930) was an American hydraulic engineer. He is most famous for the Venturi meter which was the first large-scale, accurate device for measuring water flow.
  • William G. Preston ( September 29, 1842 - March 26, 1910) was an American architect who also designed the building at 234 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA.
  • Was once the world's shortest functioning suspension bridge before its conversion to a girder bridge in 1921. Its original suspension system is now merely a bridge decoration.
  • Part of the Haffenreffer Walk - Named after a Jamaica Plain Beer baron Theodore H. Haffenreffer (l880-1956). The name of the walk was made popular by Gov John Hynes in the 1950s.
  • Official registered on the National Register of Historic Places on February 27, 1987.
  • Sometimes called the Lagoon Bridge. Official name is: Boston Public Garden Foot Bridge
  • Bridge is made of Grey Stone and Steel.
  • The bridge length is 104 ft (31 m), the width is 12 feet. The height under the bridge is 12 feet.
  • On one of the Bridge post is a marker to remember Lt. Michael Patrick Quinn US, who died in Vietnam in 1969. He spent his summers working the Swan Boats before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

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Winter View of the Bridge

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Comments


William Hughes

April 1, 2019.

"On one of the Bridge post is a marker to remember Lt. Michael Patrick Quinn US, who did in Vietnam in 1969. He spent his summers working the Swan Boats before enlisting in the Army." I would like to respectfully request that you revise the incorrect information about Lt Michael Patrick Quinn. Everything is accurate with the exception of Michael Quinn enlisting in the Army. Michael Patrick Quinn was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps upon his graduation from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1968. He was killed in Viet Nam in August 1969. The citizens of Charlestown will be honoring Lt Quinn's memory on April 6, 2019 with the 50th Annual Michael P. Quinn Scholarship Dinner- Dance. Thank you in advance for revising the information posted about the Michael P. Quinn footbridge in the Boston Public Garden. Respectfully, Bill Hughes

William Hughes

April 1, 2019.

"On one of the Bridge post is a marker to remember Lt. Michael Patrick Quinn US, who did in Vietnam in 1969. He spent his summers working the Swan Boats before enlisting in the Army." I would like to respectfully request that you revise the incorrect information about Lt Michael Patrick Quinn. Everything is accurate with the exception of Michael Quinn enlisting in the Army. Michael Patrick Quinn was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps upon his graduation from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1968. He was killed in Viet Nam in August 1969. The citizens of Charlestown will be honoring Lt Quinn's memory on April 6, 2019 with the 50th Annual Michael P. Quinn Scholarship Dinner- Dance. Thank you in advance for revising the information posted about the Michael P. Quinn footbridge in the Boston Public Garden. Respectfully, Bill Hughes

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