July 2, 2022

Memories and Memorabilia Requested to Mark Centenary of First Highway Bridge Across Lower CT River

This August will mark the 100th anniversary of the first highway bridge to link Old Lyme and Old Saybrook across the Connecticut River.

To mark this event, the Old Lyme Historical Society is seeking personal recollections of the bridge—commonly described as a low-level, two lane drawbridge—which was demolished in 1949 following construction of the first Baldwin Bridge.

These recollections could include crossing the bridge, waiting in the interminable traffic tie-ups that resulted when the bridge opened for boats, buying ice cream from the Good Humor man who took advantage of these tie-ups, attending the opening ceremonies for the successor Baldwin Bridge in December ’48 or watching the demolition of the 1911 bridge in 1949.

Memorabilia that the Society could borrow or even photograph would be greatly appreciated.

If readers have memories or memorabilia to share, contact Society member Mark Lander at 860-434-2671, or care of The Old Lyme Historical Society, PO Box 352, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Depending on what is collected, the results may be published in the Society’s newsletter, posted on their website or shared with their colleagues at the Old Saybrook Historical Society.

Unless respondents request otherwise, their names will be included at the end of the Society’s report.