Saco River Bridge – Conway, NH

This was made from a sandy beach downstream from the bridge.

This bridge has had quite the life.  In 1850, Jacob Berry and Peter Paddleford built the first covered bridge on this site to replace a crudely framed log bridge that had collapsed.  The original cost was $4,000.

That bridge stood for nineteen years until flooding rains lifted the Swift River Covered Bridge off its foundation and sent it crashing into the bridge located here, destroying it.

The bridge gets a lot of traffic. A sidewalk on either side keeps pedestrians safe.

The Saco River Covered Bridge was rebuilt by Allen and Warren of Conway but was destroyed again by a tannery fire in 1890. The current bridge was built by Charles Broughton and his son Frank.

Just upstream of the bridge is the confluence of the Swift and Saco Rivers. 

This bridge gives a spider a home and probably dinner.

28 thoughts on “Saco River Bridge – Conway, NH

  1. Les

    I am viewing that the Covered Bridges are all pretty much built in the same manner as they are around here. They are interesting to see.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I notice some subtle design differences. The online catalogue of covered bridges in NH lists the type of design used to support each bridge. But once the sides and roof are on, they look fairly similar.

      1. Les

        Most of the bridges that are here are of the Burr Truss Design. However, down in the Lancaster area they might be different. Have not gotten to them yet.

  2. Sandra

    That spider web πŸ•Έ is so cool! It looks like a double web! Is another one under construction above it? Do you often find pedestrian walkways on these bridges? That was a great shot! Happy Friday Chris!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Oh, thank you, Sarah. I think that might be a second web. Judging from all of the webs that I saw on this bridge, it has a healthy spider population. A few bridges have had walkways but most don’t. If the traffic is light enough, you don’t need them. on my last shoot, I was dodging traffic on one of the bridges. Yes, Happy Friday! Woohoo. Is the air clear enough for you to get outside yet? I’m sure your daughter doesn’t enjoy being cooped up.

      1. Sandra

        Yes we are all getting cabin fever but I think soon it should be clear enough to go for our walks again. I hope you had a great day! I’m just wrapping up and getting ready to relax, yay!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. Michelle. Making a spider web photo has been one of the things I’ve been trying to do this summer. It’s surprisingly difficult because conditions have to be just right.


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