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King Street Railroad Bridge

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1835–1836, Major William Gibbs McNeill, chief engineer. King St.

At the Greenwich Cove end of King Street is the best sample of what remains of eighteenth-and early-nineteenth-century houses and commercial buildings in East Greenwich. More interesting are two industrial structures and the old town jail.

The powerfully massed, rock-faced ashlar King Street Railroad Bridge was built for the Providence & Stonington Railroad as part of the original rail system in the state. Unlike most of its contemporaries, it retains its original function and continues to carry the main Amtrak line on the Northeast Corridor. Its designer, the uncle of painter James Whistler, had just completed, with the painter's father, construction of the Canton viaduct for the Boston & Providence Railroad. His subsequent work included construction of the Moscow–St. Petersburg Railroad in the late 1830s. This is probably the state's earliest extant bridge for a major transportation use which still serves its original purpose.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "King Street Railroad Bridge", [East Greenwich, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-EG4.

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