A couple of weeks ago, I made the almost four-hour drive to the northernmost covered bridge in Pittsburgh, NH. It’s about six miles from the Canadian border. I had six bridges to try to photograph that day and planned to arrive at this bridge about a half-hour after sunrise. Unfortunately, everything north of the White Mountains was covered in ground fog. I enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Happy Corner Cafe while waiting for the fog to burn off a bit.
Happy Corner is a section of Pittsburgh. Though quiet now, it is described as having been a “bustling neighborhood” at the end of the 19th century. It boasted having a sawmill, a starch mill, a store with a post office, a barbershop, Temperance Hall, and the Danforth School.
The state’s history tells how this neighborhood got its name. An elderly gentleman lived at the crossroads in Happy Corner. He enjoyed singing and dancing and he owned a Victrola which he played frequently. ‘People congregated at his house generally had a “happy” time singing and dancing.’
It’s not unusual to see ATVs on the bridge or town roads. Since the papermill closed in northern New Hampshire, the local towns have tried to increase tourism by making themselves friendly to recreational vehicles. It was already a popular area for snowmobiles in winter.
The bridge was built in the mid-1800s. Before that, people used to ford Perry Stream just upstream from the bridge’s location where the water was shallow.