The Harvard Bridge, also known as The Mass Ave Bridge and The MIT Bridge, connects Boston's Back Bay with Cambridge and was first opened in the 1880s after much bickering between the legislative delegations of the two cities.
The span has been rebuilt and refurbished numerous time in the intervening years owing to both the volume of traffic it carried and the unusual subsurface conditions found along The Charles River embankment where its foundations are anchored.
The bridge is best know for its place in Boston's collegial lore as a span that was measured in "smoots", a length derived from the approximate height of an MIT underclassman who volunteered his length as a unit of measure, in one of what would become a long history of fantastic pranks the school has been known for locally over the years. The bridge's measurement in "smoots" (364.4 + one ear) is still found on a sign on the span today.
A lesser known, but equally compelling tale occurred when the bridge was closed for renovations in 1949. First, the "Harvard Bridge Closed" sign was replaced with one reading "Technology Bridge Closed." Later that year, as a motorcade containing the state's governor approached the bridge for an opening ceremony, a convertible containing ten members of the Tech Staff, a Brass Band and two clowns pulled in front of them. The car was stopped, but was able to be the second car across the new span and found a place in MIT history.
"Boston By Gaslight" groups a set of images from the turn of the last century that captured some of the city's beloved landmarks in the glow of the gas-lit illumination unique to the period.
- Plastic Frame and Body
- UL listed
- 4 watt bulb included
- Glow vent casts light upward
- Adjustable tines to fit any socket
- Approximate Night Light Dimensions 4.125" (w) x 3.375 (h) x 2.5" (d)
- Interior Image Area 3.5" (w) x 2.75"(h)
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