Nevius Street Bridge
Nevius Street Bridge, 2012
|Location||Nevius Street over the Raritan River, Hillsborough Township and Raritan Borough|
|Architect||Wrought Iron Bridge Co.|
|MPS||Metal Truss Bridges in Somerset County MPS|
|NRHP reference #||92001526|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 1992|
|Designated NJRHP||September 11, 1992|
The Nevius Street Bridge once carried car traffic across the Raritan River between Hillsborough Township and Raritan Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. In the 1840s a wooden bridge crossed at this location. The current 150-foot-long (46 m) bridge was built in 1886 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. It is a double intersection Pratt truss bridge. The construction of the nearby John Basilone Veterans Memorial Bridge replaced the Nevius Street Bridge in 2005; the bridge now serves as a pedestrian bridge, connecting River Road in Hillsborough with the Raritan River Greenway. The bridge, described using its historic name, Raritan Bridge, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1992 for its engineering and method of construction.
Joannes Nevius was born in Zoelen, Netherlands, in 1627 and emigrated to New Amsterdam in 1651. His grandson, Petrus or Peter Nevius, was the first with the Nevius name to come to the Raritan Valley in Somerset County.
The Raritan Water Power Canal is located at the north end of the bridge. The water pumping station built c. 1900 by James B. Duke and the canal hydroelectric power plant are not part of the NRHP listing, but are noted in the description section.
Wrought Iron Bridge Company nameplate
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- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places – Somerset County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Historic Preservation Office. February 12, 2018. p. 8.
- Richman, Steven M. (2005). The Bridges of New Jersey: Portraits of Garden State Crossings. Rutgers University Press. pp. 68–70. ISBN 978-0-813-53510-4.
- Raritan River over Lyman Street
- McCahon, Mary (November 12, 1992). "NRHP Nomination: Raritan Bridge". National Park Service. "Accompanying 5 photos, from 1991".
- Mellick, Andrew D., Jr. (1889). The Story of an Old Farm, or Life in New Jersey in the Eighteenth Century. Somerville, New Jersey: The Unionist-Gazette. p. 251. OCLC 2321010.
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