Reader David Steele has asked what the street side of the Main Street bridge was like. Reader Jason Haremza told him: just like any other street, really. You’d never know the river was there. Herewith, proof.
Here’s the bridge from the south, looking downriver, in 1919, on a day when the river was very high. (This was after the city deepened the river under the bridge in 1916, because of a flood in 1915).
Here’s a similar view, a bit closer, from around 1920.
And here’s a similar view but closer still, from 1922.
Can you make out the name on the upper right of the right hand building? Ocumpaugh’s. Remember that – here’s the front on Main.
51 to 55 South Main, 1922. These shops and offices comprise the Ocumpaugh property. The pedestrians are all on the bridge.
Okay, so what did the street side of the bridge really look like? One more image tells the tale.
Main Street, looking east across the river, in about 1912. The streetcar in the middle of the image is almost exactly in the middle of the river.
In truth, it would have been a nicer bit of the city if there was a little porchlet or terrace out on each side of the river, providing passers-by with a little vista up and down the river. The Ponte Vecchio does have that lovely colonnade on each side.
But it was pretty nice, anyway.
Streetcar buffs – note the headways on the westbound side of the street. What do you figure? 20 seconds, maybe?