Monthly Archives: October 2020

Pier Bridge – Newport, NH

Why is this bridge so tall and narrow?  Because it was built for a train to pass through not buggies or automobiles.  Once there were hundreds of covered railroad bridges in the United States.  Now there are only eight according to a sign next to the bridge.

This is the longest remaining covered railroad bridge in the U.S. at 224 feet.  It’s named because a stone pier supports the center of the bridge.  The support was necessary because locomotives with their coal car could weigh 320,000 pounds.

To arrive at this bridge, I had to get off the beaten path a bit.  This bridge is on a dirt road.  I bounced down it about a mile and found a small pull out next to the road to park the car. The bridge is off to the side of the road allowing a nice vantage point for a side view without climbing down along the river. 

It’s hard to believe that this bridge was used until 1977.  It was built in 1907 and replaced an earlier bridge constructed in 1872.  Back then there were all kinds of little railroads. 

The original builder was the Sugar River Railroad.  The line was bought out by the Boston and Maine railroad which ran most of the trains in the area.  In 1954, B&M sold the line to the Claremont & Concord Railway who operated it until it closed. 

Looking Up

This image is unusual because normally branches would block the view of the top of the canopy. I made it by standing in the middle of a brook that had gone dry due to a drought in the later part of summer. A month of more have passed and with recent rains, I’d get my feel wet if I tried it today.

My Pumpkin

 

I was shooting some photos at a local farm stand yesterday focusing on their huge pile of pumpkins when an older woman with what looked like her grandchildren wandered into my photo. You photographers out there know that this happens and you just need to be patient. As I waited them to make their selections, the boy clearly found his pumpkin and waited off to the side. I took the opportunity to make this photo.

Old Stables

This old building that I believe contained horse stables is in New Boston, NH. I used to pass it on my way to work and loved the architecture. The single story portion on the right stretches way down beyond the limit of the photo. Looking at it, I wonder about who owned it and used it. There were some horses in a pasture next to it, but they’re housed in a separate barn. This building is vacant and the sign on the front says it’s for sale or rent.

In the Barn Window II

Earlier this year, I showed the barn window from the outside. Here it isfrom inside and we’ve added a few elements.

The model plane was made by my father years ago. He was cleaning things out this summer and no longer wanted it. It narrowly missed going out with the junk hauler.

The miniature station wagon and van were souvenirs from California and Key West. They were in the house but we were cleaning up and decided it was time for them to relocate.

The ship was in the last image of the window. It came from a wooden kit model that my grandfather got in the 1960s. He never did much with it and gave it to me to build around 15 years ago. It’s the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle.

The item in the shape of a leaf is supposed to be a bird feeder. It was also in the previous image. The idea is that you put fruit in the center and the birds eat the fruit. It never quite worked out that way.

Corbin Bridge – Newport, NH

Originally built in 1845, the bridge burned in a suspicious fire May 25, 1993. The town was described as being “devastated’ at the loss.  Covered bridges are not the most practical means to cross a river in the modern age and the town and state made plans to replace it with a modern bridge made from concrete and steel. 

The residents of Newport petitioned the town and state to replace the bridge with a wooden covered bridge, raising thousands of dollars to cover the difference in cost.  A little more than a year later, on Columbus Day weekend, the new bridge was pulled into place by a team of oxen.  I spent about an hour trying to locate a photo of the oxen pulling the bridge but was unsuccessful. I did however find this video of oxen pulling a different bridge into place.

This was the first bridge on my last covered bridges of New Hampshire outing.  There are only three photos of this bridge because other than the one image inside the bridge, I did not venture to walk around inside.  There was some moderate traffic, and it moves quickly through the bridge.  Self-preservation kicked in.

Mechanic Street Bridge – Lancaster, NH

Most of the bridges that I photographed were on side roads or out of the way places.  There were usually only a few homes nearby, if any.  The Mechanic Street Bridge is located in a busy residential neighborhood. 

The bridge spans Israel’s River.  The river provided water power for local mills.  As the mills and the town grew, a bridge built in the 1780s quickly became inadequate. 

This bridge was constructed in 1862 to replace the original bridge.  An interpretive plaque on the bridge said that this bridge allowed horses and carriages to cross at a faster speed, but the State’s history said that in that same year, the citizens voted to put signs on the bridge prohibiting driving across the bridge at a pace faster than a walk. So did people get to go faster on the new bridge, or not?