Monday, December 3, 2012

The Longfellow Bridge and The Views From It


     The Longfellow Bridge connects Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood with the Kendal Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This bridge is commonly known as the Salt and Pepper Bridge by the locals due to the shapes of its central towers. It was originally named The Cambridge Bridge but was renamed as the Longfellow Bridge in 1927 for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
     The Longfellow Bridge spans across the Charles River and is a combination railway and highway bridge. The two large central piers feature carved, ornamental stone towers that provide stairway access to pedestrian passageways beneath the bridge. I don't think I've ever passed over this bridge without seeing at least a handful of people walking and jogging no matter what the weather is out.

     I find the details on this bridge to be very interesting and beautiful even though it is currently in a state of disrepair. Maintenance of this bridge is in progress and will hopefully be done soon.
     The views from the bridge are incredible. You get views of Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House gold dome, the Back Bay skyline including the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Tower, the Charles River, and the Community Boating house at the Charles River Esplanade.

      If you are ever in the area you should take a stroll over the Longfellow Bridge and enjoy the view. I think you will enjoy it.

Peace and Love,