According to records, this is the oldest covered bridge still in use in New Hampshire. Constructed in 1829, it is the first and only bridge to be erected at this site.
This is the only bridge I’ve seen with a capacity limit for the number of people. The bridge is closed to traffic and the sign made me wonder if functions are ever held here.
In the 1920s, laminated wooden arches a sidewalk were added. The bridge was repaired in 1973 at a cost of $38,710. Eight years later, further repairs ($8,000) were needed to correct ice damage.
In 1983, someone unsuccessfully tried to set fire to it. That makes this the third bridge I’ve photographed that someone has tied to burn down. What’s up with that?
Nature is fickle. When I was at the other end of town, I had gorgeous clear skies. By the time I reached this bridge it was overcast and a fog was beginning to form.