A 1914 Townsman describes the history of the B&M Railroad in Andover, saying that back in 1833, townspeople petitioned the Legislature for permission to construct a railroad station starting near South Parish Church and from there extending to Boston and Lowell. The back of this postcard suggests this bridge was probably built between 1846 to 1848, after the 8-mile Andover-to-Wilmington line was approved in March 1833. Later, lines to Bradford, Lawrence and other areas were put together bit by bit, eventually reaching the New Hampshire border in 1837.
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