Eliot Memorial Bridge

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Eliot Memorial Bridge
Eliot Bridge Milton MA 04.jpg
Eliot Memorial Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Eliot Memorial Bridge
Eliot Memorial Bridge is located in the US
Eliot Memorial Bridge
Location Milton, Milton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°12′48.5″N 71°6′44.5″W / 42.213472°N 71.112361°W / 42.213472; -71.112361Coordinates: 42°12′48.5″N 71°6′44.5″W / 42.213472°N 71.112361°W / 42.213472; -71.112361
Built 1905
MPS Blue Hills and Neponset River Reservations MRA
NRHP Reference #

80000662

[1]
Added to NRHP September 25, 1980
Great Blue Hill Observation Tower
Eliot Tower Milton MA 03.jpg
Eliot Memorial Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Eliot Memorial Bridge
Eliot Memorial Bridge is located in the US
Eliot Memorial Bridge
Location Milton, Milton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°12′48.5″N 71°6′44.5″W / 42.213472°N 71.112361°W / 42.213472; -71.112361
Area less than one acre
Built 1933-34[3]
MPS Blue Hills and Neponset River Reservations MRA
NRHP Reference #

80000661

[2]
Added to NRHP September 25, 1980

The Eliot Memorial Bridge is a footbridge which was built in 1904 in memory of Charles Eliot, landscape architect to the Metropolitan Park Commission. It is located on the Skyline Trail near the summit of Great Blue Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation, south of Boston, Massachusetts. Eliot was a driving force in the establishment of many of the Greater Boston area's early parks, including the Blue Hill Reservation. The bridge was built out of locally-quarried granite, and completed c. 1905-06. Built into its structure are a bench and commemorative plaque.[4] The bridge, which crosses a small ravine, is a remarkably large and sturdy structure for the location.

The Great Blue Hill Observation Tower, known locally as Eliot Tower, a 35-foot-tall (11 m) stone structure, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).[3] Its rubble stone base is joined to that of the bridge and the two appear now to have been built together. The tower offers view over about 270°, including all of Boston, Boston Harbor, and much of the South Shore.

The two lie near the 635-foot (194 m) summit of Great Blue Hill, a few hundred yards from and a little below the Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory, which is at the top of the mountain. The view from the observation tower toward the Observatory and its forest of radio, TV, and microwave antennas, is obscured by trees.

Both the bridge and tower were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Great Blue Hill Self Guided Trail Brochure" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 2014-05-24. 
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Eliot Memorial Bridge". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-05-24.