Stone Arched Bridge
Mill Road, Springfield, New York
Built by Lorenzo Bates
Springfield, New York
In 1832 mason Lorenzo Bates (1786-1859) constructed a substantial stone bridge across Shadow Brook to serve the heavy loads of grain and lumber to and from the Clarke water powered mills which were located on either side of the bridge. George Clarke (1768-1835) planned a village at the mills similar to the Village of Hyde near the English Hyde Hall, but his heirs did not continue the development and all the buildings had disappeared by the 20th century.
2012 Photograph by Michael Reynolds