This bridge is named “Swiftwater” and it crosses the Wild Ammonoosuc River, but with this year’s drought, the water seems neither swift nor wild.
While the water is low now, logs were once floated down this river to the sawmill. Periodically, a log jam would develop which would threaten to destroy the bridge. The State’s historical record on covered bridges reports states, “In one case, dynamite was used to break up a log jam and although the blast was successful, logs had to be removed from the roof of the bridge.”*
In the 19th century, four bridges were built at this location beginning in 1810. The first two succumbed to floods. The third lasted twenty years. It was dismantled and rebuilt in 1849.
The next record of the bridge being rebuilt was in 1977, though I’m sure work was required on the bridge during those 128 years.