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.
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.
Winter View of the Bridge