Also known as the Kissin’ Bridge, this is one long bridge. A plaque says it is the longest in New Hampshire at 375 feet. That’s technically true but the bridge between Cornish, NH and Windsor VT (at 449 feet) is the longest in the US but not truly all in New Hampshire.
There has been a bridge here since 1794 when you could build a bridge for $366.66. The first three bridges were destroyed by floods. The fourth was destroyed by a fire. (Note: That’s the third bridge I’ve toured that has been destroyed by fire.) This bridge was built in 1831-1832 and included stone abutments and piers.
When you enter the bridge and look at the construction, it has arches upon arches. I don’t really quite understand the engineering but in 1920 the bridge was raised to pass over the railroad and a second set of overlapping arches were added.
This was the first bridge that I’ve visited that was at the site of a hydroelectric dam. The state gets about 4% of it’s power from hydroelectric plants but I never see many dams. At the base of the White Mountains, this is the perfect place to build a dam and power plant.
The State’s historical record on covered bridges reports that, “at one time, there was a sign posted at the bridge which prohibited riding horses across the bridge at a trot. It was believed that the impact of trotting horses could cause the structure to fall apart.” *