The Great Bridge over Jones River, was built near Jacob Cooke's (Kenneth Clarke's today) to succeed those built farther down the river and which suffered continually from the tides and from ice in winter time. The original bridge was of field and cobble stone and specifications and arrangements for the building of it are in the Plymouth Town Records. Before the round-arched bridge was built, the arches were square and built of single blocks or slabs of stone, some used as uprights or piers, and others used horizontally as tops to the arches. The Triphammer Bridge copied this method of construction, which was considered an achievement in engineering. Although it was a great feat in bridge-building, that is not why it was called the Great Bridge.

It was the Great Bridge because it carried the Great Road, and the Great Road was simply the authorized road or the government road, and meant what we mean when we say a "state road", a principal road. King's Highway, Country Road or Way, Great Road, and State (or County) Road are almost identical in meaning.

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