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Thursday, February 24, 2011

RAILROAD BRIDGES

During World War Two, many of the various railroad bridges were guarded in New England, especially in what were crucial ones for transporting goods and war materials as well as troops,etc. THE IRON BRIDGE in Claremont was not exception and this bridge, which is still standing, still have trains going to and from Canada with freight and a few passenger trains to upper Vermont...... This bridge was guarded by some 'Negro" soldiers who had a sort of 'shack' near the bridge on the right hand side of the road, up the hill, from the road that passed under the bridge on its way to Vermont. My grandmother, who often did things for others and also for the War Effort in various ways, used to take clothes, food, and books,etc. up to the guards. At that time, the road was narrow and winding and went an entirely different way than it does today.......The guards are long forgotten....by nearly all those who now live in Claremont, but I did not forget them.....More on bridges and the war another time...

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