These photos are a part of the Leeds Civic Association nomination of the Hotel Bridge for the National Historic Registry. Many thanks to the many people who supported and helped with the application: Mayor Narkewicz, Ned Huntley, Andy Kuether, Jim Montgomery, Jason Johnson, Sue Carbin, Heidi Stevens, Megan Freedman, Megan McNally, the Mill River Greenway Initiative, the Northampton Public Works Commission, and the Northampton Historical Commission.
On April 28 (discs, as the National Register requested), and again on May 21 (paper, since Mass is still paper-only), we submitted our nomination to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, who must review and approve it before sending it on to the National Register. They say this typically take 18 months to 2 years.
The oldest of 8 remaining iron truss bridges in Massachusetts, the picturesque Hotel Bridge boasts a number of unusual construction details.
The historical importance of the Hotel Bridge owes as much to it's setting as to the design itself.
"Leeds was a key link in the historic silk, textile, and precision engineering industries that formed the industrial chain along…