On the Brown Low: Crossing the Tracks


Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!

Our adventure this week for On the Brown Low, took us outside the bounds of Brown’s campus and off the beaten path. And we mean this quite literally. What started out as a plan to go thrifting, ended up as an exploration of the Crook Point Bascule Bridge, an abandoned bridge on the East Side. Keep reading to find out how we ended up here.

So our plan was to jump on the thrifting bandwagon, and take a trip to Salvation Army to see what kind of eclectic things we could find. We have friends that have picked up some really cool clothing at Savers, and we’ve browsed through Second Time Around on Thayer Street, so we wanted to see what other thrift shops were around Providence. We took the 92 bus route from the Thayer tunnel all the way to the end of the route, and got off at Eastside Marketplace. Then we walked just a couple minutes to the front of the Salvation Army store to see that all the lights were off inside and the door was locked. Yep, as you probably guessed, the thrift shop was closed and we were forced to change our plan… I guess Brianna and I should have made sure it was open beforehand. We’ll just have to save that post for another week.

So after a few good laughs about the whole situation, we were forced to come up with a new something to do/see/eat. Thankfully, Brianna’s roommate, Beth, was with us this afternoon. She’s native to Rhode Island, and was ready to help us figure out a plan B. She suggested we get something from Eastside Marketplace, and explore the Crook Point Bascule Bridge. The bridge spans across the Seekonk River and has been abandoned for over 30 years. Lots of Brown students venture to this bridge to climb the tracks, and see a really cool view of Providence.


Our first challenge was how to get to the bridge. We could see it from the parking lot of Eastside Marketplace, but we had to get through the woods first. We decided not to try and climb through the bushes and the trees, so instead we walked down East George Street and then down Gano Street until we got to Gano Park. Past the baseball fields, we found the Old Bridge Path and followed it all the way until we reached the bridge’s end. In order to get onto the bridge itself, we made our way around the fence, and began to walk out along the wooden tracks.


The decaying old bridge stretches across the river, creating a beautiful piece of scenery. It’s a great spot for photo opps, or to take your next profile picture if you’re looking to update your Facebook I promise we did not do this the entire time. And if you’re like me and don’t have a fear of heights, it’s so cool to test your balance and walk out onto the old tracks. We definitely want to put the disclaimer out there that we don’t promote any dangerous activities, but this abandoned bridge is a hidden gem in the East Side of Providence. It is a great place to escape to, adventure out onto the tracks, and see incredible views of the river and Providence.

Be sure to check in next week for another (and hopefully safer) edition of On the Brown Low!


Curious about something in Providence that we haven’t covered? Shoot either Brianna or me an email (lily_hartmann@brown.edu or brianna_lambert@brown.edu) and let us know what we should explore in our next post.  



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