Mile 64: Hop River, Connecticut

A section of the 1892 edition of the USGS Gilead, CT Quadrangle

This is one of the most scenic places along the Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill currently accesible to the public. Highlights include the last unrestored bridge between Hartford and Willimantic (the eastern bridge over the Hop River, bridge 2.53, slated for demolition and replacement,) many telegraph poles, a milepost, and lots of restored and in-use bridges and culverts, including the western bridge over the Hop River. The Hop River station is also extant a bit further north than its original site on Hop River Road- this is private property and should only be viewed from the road.

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A view of the historic Bridge 2.53, the eastern Hop River Bridge, from King's Road
A view of the historic Bridge 2.53, the eastern Hop River Bridge, from Kings Road. One of the bridge's stone piers is clearly visible, but this doesn't show the severe damage to the bridge on the western pier, which can be seen in a photo on the site for the bridge replacement project. (12/2016)
A closer view of one of the stone piers on bridge 2.53
A closer view of one of the stone piers on bridge 2.53. This is still shot from Kings Road (10/2023)
Approaching Bridge 2.53 on the abandoned roadbed east of Kings Road
Approaching Bridge 2.53 on the abandoned roadbed east of Kings Road (12/2016)
The abandoned historic Bridge 2.53, the eastern Hop River Bridge
The abandoned historic Bridge 2.53, the eastern Hop River Bridge (12/2016)
Little seems to have improved six years later
A bridge replacement project was approved in 2021, but this photo, from October, 2023, shows little progress except some more decay of the bridge
The nearest pier isn't parallel with the others
This is the best shot I've been able to get of the damage- the nearest pier isn't parallel with the others (10/2023)
A clear warning about the unstable condition of the bridge in 2016
A clear warning about the unstable condition of the bridge in December, 2016
Six years later, the warning is illegible
Six years later, the warning is illegible (10/2023)
Barricades blocking the abandoned section of the HP&F from Kings Road in 2016
Barricades blocking the abandoned section of the HP&F from Kings Road in September, 2016
Six years later the barricades have been removed
Six years later the barricades have been removed. Construction is allegedly coming soon... but some warning signs would probably be a good idea here. (10/2023)
My favorite telegraph pole along the HP&F/NY&NE- under a power line clearing
My favorite telegraph pole along the HP&F/NY&NE- under a power line clearing just west of Kings Road (9/2016)
Late afternoon in late summer along the HP&F/NY&NE
Late afternoon in late summer along the HP&F/NY&NE (9/2016)
An old milepost along the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill
An old milepost along the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill. This looks similar to me to those along the Northeast Corridor and thus I guess this is NYNH&H era. (9/2016)
The same milepost, looking west towards Manchester
The same milepost, looking west towards Manchester (10/2023)
Looking East under modern Route 6
Looking East under modern Route 6 (9/2016)
A modern deck on an old stone culvert
A modern deck on an old stone culvert (9/2016)
A modern deck on an old stone culvert
A modern deck on an old stone culvert (9/2016)
Looking west through the Pucker St Tunnel
Looking west through the Pucker St Tunnel in September, 2016
Looking east through the Pucker St Tunnel
Looking east through the Pucker St Tunnel in September, 2016
Along the Hop River
Along the Hop River (9/2016)
The base of some structure, perhaps a signal. It is made out of concrete and rail
The base of some structure, perhaps a signal. It is made out of concrete and rail. It is east of the Hop River Road crossing (9/2016)
Looking West towards the Hop River Road Crossing and Station Site
Looking West towards the Hop River Road Crossing and Station Site (9/2016)
Looking east from the Hop River Road CrossingLooking towards South Windham Station Site from CT Route 203 in 2023
Looking East from the Hop River Road Crossing in September, 2016
The Hop River Station, moved slightly north on Hop River Road
The Hop River Station, moved slightly north on Hop River Road. This is private property, please do not trespass. I viewed it from the road. (10/2023)
Approaching the western Hop River bridge heading west from Hop River Road
Approaching the western Hop River bridge heading west from Hop River Road (10/2017)
The Hop River as seen in autumn from the western bridge
The Hop River as seen in autumn from the western bridge (10/2017)
The western of the two bridges over the Hop River
The western of the two bridges over the Hop River (10/2018)
The western of the two bridges over the Hop River
The western of the two bridges over the Hop River (10/2018)
An autumn scene along the HP&F/NY&NE
An autumn scene along the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2018)
An autmn scene along the HP&F/NY&NE
An autumn scene along the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2017)
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2016)
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2017)
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE
A restored bridge on the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2016)
Old Stonework still managing water along the HP&F / NY&NE
Old Stonework still managing water along the HP&F / NY&NE (10/2016)
L5, A telegraph pole along the HP&F / NY&NE
L5, A telegraph pole along the HP&F / NY&NE. I use this as kind of a mile marker to tell where I took various photos (10/2016)
Telegraph pole L5 and colleagues
Telegraph pole L5 and colleagues (10/2018)
Autumn along the HP&F/NY&NE
Autumn along the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2017)
Autumn along the HP&F/NY&NE
Autumn along the HP&F/NY&NE (10/2017)
A bridge over a tributarty of the Hop River has both new and old parts
A bridge over a tributarty of the Hop River has both new and old parts (10/2016)
A bridge over a tributarty of the Hop River has both new and old parts
A bridge over a tributarty of the Hop River has both new and old parts (10/2016)
Looking East from the Parker Bridge Road Crossing
Looking East from the Parker Bridge Road Crossing in October, 2016

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