Great Bridge (Cambridge)

The Great Bridge over the Charles River connected Cambridge, Massachusetts, to what is now known as Allston, Boston, Massachusetts.[1] The Great Bridge was built in 1660–1662 at what was then called Brighton Street, and was the first bridge to span the Charles. A toll was authorized in 1670. The bridge was rebuilt in 1862.[2]

The Great Bridge in 1907, with the recently constructed Weld Boathouse in the foreground and Harvard Stadium in the background.

The Great Bridge was at the site of the modern-day Anderson Memorial Bridge, which connects John F. Kennedy Street in Cambridge to North Harvard Street in Allston.


  1. ^ Allston was originally known as the Little Cambridge district of Cambridge, which became the independent town of Brighton in 1807, and finally joined the city of Boston in 1874.
  2. ^ History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877 By Lucius Robinson Paige. p. 195-6

Coordinates: 42°22′08″N 71°07′23″W / 42.369°N 71.123°W / 42.369; -71.123