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The Iron Bridge

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. An iron bridge spanning a river.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In the small town of Iron Lake, New York

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 9, "Cold Snap".

    Located in the center of town, the bridge is shown often, starting with when Dexter first drives across the bridge into downtown Iron Lake.

    He is also then seen walking across the bridge more than once,

    And we see it near the end of the episode, when he drives into town during the Christmas Festival.

    You  can also glimpse the west end of the bridge to the right of the Iron Lake Tavern. and the east end of the bridge to the left of Fred's Fish & Game.

We see it clearly in the fourth episode, when there is an emergency alert at the high school, and we see everyone hurrying west across the bridge, both on foot, and (in Dexter's case) in vehicles

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. Exactly what it seems to be, an iron bridge that carries both vehicle and pedestrian traffic back and forth over a river.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. The village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts is located on a curve in the Deerfield River, And that river divides the village into two halves: the town of Shelburne on the east side of the river, and the town of Buckland on the west side. The iron bridge spans the river, linking the two communities and forming one commercial district, known as Shelburne Falls.

Not surprisingly, the main street that leads up to the bridge (from the east) is called Bridge Street.

Although it is formally known as the Shelburne Falls Bridge, it is commonly referred to as the iron bridge, to distinguish it from the nearby "Bridge of Flowers", a local tourist attraction that also spans the river, just north of the iron bridge. 

The Bridge of Flowers started out as a narrow bridge for trolleys in 1908, but when the trolleys went out of business in 1929, the town, in a beautification effort, decided to transform it into a footbridge for pedestrians, and to plant flowering bushes along both sides of the narrow walkway.

But bear in mind that the Iron bridge we see on the show is not the Bridge of Flowers. They are two separate bridges, and only the iron bridge carries vehicles as well as people. The 316-foot iron bridge was built in 1890, after two earlier bridges collapsed.

    Here is a Google StreetView of the bridge, as seen looking west from Bridge Street:

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was one of the easiest finds ever.  I already knew they were filming in Shelburne Falls, and this iron bridge Is the centerpiece in that duel Village. It is difficult to find a single photo of Shelburne Falls that doesn't show the bridge in one way or another. And the most StreetViews in the village also reveal the bridge. All that was left was to do a little research on its origins.

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