River Cooum & St George’s Bridge Madras, 1900 PC

River Cooum & St George's Bridge Madras, 1900 PC

River Cooum & St George's Bridge Madras, 1900 PC

An old 1900 photo postcard of the River Cooum and St George’s Bridge in Madras (Chennai). The bridge spans the River Cooum.  Two passenger boats are also visible, one is on the opposite side. And the other boat is in the foreground with three Tamil native oarsmen on it.

St George’s Bridge was previously known as the Triplicane Bridge, now officially known as Periyar Bridge. Linking The Island with Chintadripet and Triplicane on the other side. Originally built in 1805, to connect Fort St George with St Thomas Mount via the Mount Road.

It is believed to be the first major bridge built in Madras. It was rebuilt in the 1920s. The River Cooum was once the major waterway in Madras with cargo and passenger boats sailing up and down. Although now it is unused. Because it has narrowed greatly due to encroachments, and because the water has become highly polluted. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know –  it is believed that the first railway line in India was built from Red Hills, to transport materials from the Red Hills for the construction of this bridge.

From the collection – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#11)., Mahatma Gandhi With His Followers – Press Photo 1933., Celebration At Sans Souci Mansion Bombay, 1859., British India Era Steam Locomotive – Old Photo 1935.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.