100 Year Old White Bridge Plaque Re Dedication Planned
The plaque, removed when one of the two bridges over the Five Mile River was demolished in 2010, will be rededicated during a brief ceremony conducted by Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission at the bridge site at 12:30 PM on Friday, November 2. The public is invited to attend this celebration of the 100th anniversary of plaque and its safe return to a place near its original setting. Darien’s First Selectwoman, Jayme Stevenson and a representative from Norwalk’s Mayor Moccia’s office will be attending as will representatives from the Darien, Rowayton, Norwalk, and Roton Point Historical Societies. Minuteman Land Services, Inc. of Norwalk has donated plantings to enhance the area around the new plaque placement.
The Old White Bridge where Jacob Street in Rowayton meets Tokeneke Road in Darien over the Five Mile River was originally built by the State of Connecticut in 1912. It replaced a wooden trestle bridge built in the late 1890’s connecting Darien and Norwalk over the Five Mile River. The Old White Bridge was replaced in 1936 when the State of Connecticut built bridge No. 1345 on Route 136.
The plaque is dated 1912 and lists the names of the Selectmen from Darien: Charles B. Fitch, Hiram B. Taylor, and V. R. Pooley. The Norwalk names from 1912 are: Alfred Avison, James A. Brown, and John Devine. Charles N. Wood is listed as the engineer.