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Covered Bridges of New Hampshire
Starting With Covered Bridges I Have Visited in NH
First I'd like to share my photos of covered bridges I have visited in NH. I'll include some research I did on them as well. I found out that people built the coverings in order to protect the bridge structure itself, since the wood could deteriorate in 10-15 years if not protected.
NH currently has 54 covered bridges. I hope to visit more this coming summer and add those here, but for now here are the ones I have been to.
The picture on the left is the side shot of Blair Bridge- the first bridge listed below
(all photos on this page were taken by me)
Blair Bridge Campton NH
As you can see form the picture I took, Blair Bridge fits one car and has a 3 ton weight limit. The nh.gov website states that this bridge was built in 1869. On that site it also says that there was another bridge built in 1829 ( named in memory of Henry W. Blair, a former United States Senator) that had been burned down. It also states that in 1977 it was renovated.
It's amazing the shape this bridge is still in. It's about 13 feet high and 290 feet long. (the longest two-span covered bridge in New Hampshire) It crosses over the Pemegewasset River. During Hurricane Irene of 2011, there was some damage done to the bridge and a local NH company helped fix the damage.
Blair Bridge in Campton NH is located off exit 27 I-93.
This is one of three covered bridges in Campton, so if your in the area, make sure to see them all.
Bump Bridge, Campton NH
This picture gives a few details about Bump Bridge. A bridge was first built on this site in 1877, it currently has a weight limit of 3 tons, is a one lane road, and has a clearance of 9 feet. The bridge in this picture was constructed in 1972 because the bottom framing of the old one was rotten and could not be repaired. In 2008 some more work was done to help maintain the bridge.
The bridge crosses the Beebe River and got its name from the Bump family of that area.
The bridge is about 68 feet long and is off exit 28 I-93
More pictures of Bump BridgeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Turkey Jim's Bridge, Campton NH
We had to go into a campground to view this covered bridge. You are able to view this without having to pay though. At least we were at the time.
The original bridge was built in 1874, it rotted out so was completely replaced in 1958. Then in 1964 it was washed down the Pemigewasset River during flooding. In 2011 during storm Irene it was washed away again. Both times people were able to put the bridge back in place. today it is just used as a walking bridge.
Turkey Jim's Bridge is in Campton NH on Old Stephans Road. (Exit 28 off I-93). Prior to being at the campground the property had been owned by Jim Cummings who had a turkey farm there called Turkey Jim's Turkey Farm.
You can find this information from several websites. I have a link list later on this site where you can get more information.
Close up of Turkey Jim's Covered Bridge
Smith Millennium Bridge Plymouth NH - (old name: Smith Bridge)
This picture shows the current bridge completed in 2001 and called the Smith Millennium Bridge. In 1993 someone had burned down the bridge that was there, which was 143 years old. This current bridge was built with state funds and is the strongest covered bridge in the world.
The bridge crosses the Baker River. To get there take I-93 to exit 26. It is located on Smith Bridge Road.
This was really neat to see. I wish I had seen the old one too, but there are pictures on the link I provided if you care to see the old structure. The link is further down this page.
More pictures of Smith Millennium Bridge - Also picture of Historic MarkerClick thumbnail to view full-size
This bridge is in Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln NH. You can see it from the road or parking lot (Daniel Webster Highway) which is where this picture was taken. Clark's is located off exit 33 from I-93.
This bridge originally comes from Vermont and was purchased in 1960 and placed in its current spot by 1965.
If you pay admission to go into Clark's Trading Post you can take a steam powered train ride over the bridge. It's a fun ride and you get to hear the "legend of The Wolfman".
Beware of The Wolfman if you cross Clark's Bridge
Check out these links to see a list of bridges and get more info
Above are the bridges I have visited in NH so far, but you can get more information from these sites.