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The Covered Bridges of Sullivan County

Officially there is only one Bridge Listed in Sullivan:  However, this is the that goes from: Cornish-Windsor, VT: now longest covered bridge in the United States. 

The 2-span, 449'-5" (1866) Connecticut R., W. of NH 12A, 5 mi S of Plainfield Village. Town lattice truss. This is the 4th bridge on this site. It was built in 1796 (probably uncovered) and destroyed by floods in 1824, 1848, and 1866. The present was built in 1866 by James Tasker and Bela Fletcher. Designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1970 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

Sugar Reach: North Newport to Rt 103 County: Sullivan Claremont. Passes under three covered bridges. Few houses visible from the river. Halfway point at bridge in Kellyville. Description provided by Allan Berggren,11 South St., Claremont, NH. 03743, 603-542-7707,

OTHERS IN THE DARTMOUTH-LAKE SUNAPEE REGION: 

Andover-Cilleyville: 53 ft (1887) Pleasant Stream, NH 11, at Jct, with NH 4A. Town lattice truss. Foot traffic only, bypassed by highway in 1959. 

Andover-Keniston: 64'-6" (1882) Blackwater R., S of US 4, 1 mi W. of Andover Village. Town lattice truss, granite abutments built by Albert R. Hamilton. Cost $745.57. 

Bradford-Bement: 60'-6" (1854) at West Branch,of Warner R., S. of intersection NH 103 and 114. Long truss, newest of the four bridges spanning the Warner River. Repaired in 1070 for $20,000. Original cost $500.

Cornish-Blacksmith: 91 ft. (1881) Millbrook, Cornish City, 3 mi E of NH 12A. Multiple Kingpost truss, built in the Town Hall Yard by James Tasker, a rural construction genius who could neither read nor write. 

Cornish-Blow-Me-Down: 85'-9" (1877) Blow-Me-Down Brook, S of NH 12A, 1 1/2 mi SW of Plainfield Village. Multiple Kingpost truss, built by James Tasker. 

Cornish-Dingleton: 77'-9" (1882) Millbrook, Cornish Mills. 1 mi E of NH 12A. Multiple Kingpost truss. Built in schoolhouse yard by James Tasker.

Langdon-Cold River: 81 ft. (1869) Cold R., N of NH 123A, 2 mi N of Alstead Village. Town lattice truss, auxillary arch, built by Albert Granger. Foot traffic only. Bypassed by highway in 1964. 

Langdon-Drewsville: 34'-6" (1874), Great Brook, 1 mi. S of NH 12A at Langdon Village. Town lattice truss, shortest highway covered bridge in NH. Foot traffic only, bypassed by highway in 1955.

Lyme-Edgell: 132 ft. (1885) Clay Brook, 1 mi S of NH 10-2 mi S of Orford Village. Town lattice truss, built by Walter and J.C. Piper. The trusses were constructed on Lyme Common and transported to the bridge site-"a forerunning of modern prefabrication".

Lebanon-Packard Hill: 76 ft, (1991) Mascoma River, Riverside Dr, Lebanon. Howe Truss built by Graton Assoc. Designed to H-20 loading, inside width 15 ft and height 12 ft. 5 ft sidewalk on upstream side. Replaces Bailey Bridge which was erected in 1952. To replace earlier covered bridge built in 1878.

Newport-Corbin: 96'-2" (around 1845) Croyden Branch, Sugar R., 1/2 mi W of NH 10. 2 mi N of Newport Village. Town lattice truss. Destroyed by arson May 27, 1993. Rebuilt in 1994.

Newport-Pier or Chandler Station: 2-span, 216'-7" (rebuilt 1896)
Sugar R., E of Chandler Station. Double Town lattice truss, originally built 1871-72.

Newport-Wright's: 122 ft. (rebuilt 1895) Sugar R., W of Chandler
Station. Double Town lattice truss, added laminated arch.

Plainfield-Meriden: 80 ft. (1880) Blood's Brook, 1 mi NW of NH 120 at Meriden. Multiple Kingpost truss, built by James Tasker for $300. Restored to 15 ton capacity using steel stringers in 1963. New roof erected in 1977.

Warner-Dalton: 76'-6" (about 1853) Warner R., S. of NH 103 at Warner Village. Multiple Kingpost truss, auxillary Queenpost truss. Rebuilt in 1963. 

Warner-Waterloo: 76'-4" (1840's) Warner R., S. of NH 103, 2 mi W. of Warner Village. Town lattice truss. Rebuilt 1972 for $16,000. 

MERRIMACK VALLEY REGION

Merrimack-Baboosic Brook: 32.5 ft (1990) Baboosic Brook, on Stowell Rd in Merrimack. Prefabricated Panel-lam floor system, not traditional style.

Henniker-New England College: Single span. 136'-7", Contoocook R. Town lattice design. Built 1972 by Milton S. and Arnold Graton at a cost of $80,000. South of Rt 9 in the village.

Hopkinton-Railroad Bridge: 2-span, 157 ft. (rebuilt 1889) Contoocook R., E. of NH 103 at Contoocook. Double Town lattice truss. Originally built in 1849-50 when Concord and Claremont railroad constructed its first 33 miles of road from Concord to Bradford. Washed off its abutments in flood of 1936 and hurricane of 1938. Drawn back and restored. Owned by N.H. Dept of Cultural Affairs.

Hopkinton-Rowell's: 164'-6" (1853) Contoocook R., N. of NH 127 at W. Hopkinton. Built by Horace Childs, this was originally a 1-span modification of the Burr and Long truss bridges with arches whose solid timbers are fitted end to end and mortised into a double panel frame as an integral part of the trusses. Completely rebuilt in 1965. 

 

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