Rowell’s Bridge

This is Rowell’s Bridge in Hopkinton, NH.  It was built over the Contoocook River in 1853 by Horace Childs and his brothers Enoch and Warren at a cost of  $300.25.  The bridge is 154 feet or 47 meters long. 

After it was built, someone drove a herd of cattle across it faster than  was advisable moving the bridge off its abutments or foundation. It had to be brought back into place and then securely fastened.

Around 1930, a support pier was built under the center of the bridge. Unfortunately, it was built a bit too high. This caused the bridge to teeter back and forth like the wobbly table at a restaurant. The top layer of stones was removed from the pier correcting the problem.

The view from the bridge.

The bridge was rebuilt in 1965 and then most recently rehabilitated  in 1982. It is reportedly named for Abram (or Abraham) Rowell, an early resident of the area. I had previously photographed this bridge but was not happy with the image. I visted this one while in the same area as three other bridges.

56 thoughts on “Rowell’s Bridge

  1. loisajay

    Wow. This bridge has quite an interesting history. I really like the photos from inside the bridge. I am going to have to check and see what we have, if any at all, here in FL. Thanks, Chris. I might have a new project!

      1. loisajay

        Well, Florida doesn’t do so well with covered bridges. Some that we do have are a bit too far to travel to. Alabama has some–further out but they are, at least, covered bridges. Thatch roofs in FL do not constitute a covered bridge! 😀

  2. Footprints

    I have loved seeing each of these bridges. Each one seems unique. I know you plan to visit others, but I am wondering if you have a favorite so far? – I apologize if someone has already asked that question.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. Of the ones I’ve visited this summer, I’d have to say the Squam River Bridge. It’s a pretty bridge and the image came out great. I also like the history that the town worked together to raise funds to build it. Have a great day.

      1. Prior...

        reminds me a little bit of how Monet painted the same things a few time – he was looking for changes in light – but it also does allow for differing perspective

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        Thank you. The other thing I noticed is that on one bridge, the foliage has really grown in around it. So lots of things can change even if the bridge remains the same.

      3. Prior...

        oh such a good point – and the little details that really make s subtle difference.
        I sometimes take a photo fo the sunset from my porch – and I noticed that this one tree had grown over the five year period – it was subtle but helped me feel a little bit of the time passing

      4. Prior...

        Oh isn’t that right!!
        and sadly, that tree I mentioned might now be gone – they are building a bunch of houses in that area – so the horizon line has changed greatly

  3. Sarah

    The view from the bridge is stunning! I like how the river bends. 😊 And interesting facts about the bridge’s history – next time I’ll drive a cattle herd over it I’ll be careful. 😉

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