Pittsburg-Clarksville Bridge – Pittsburg and Clarksville, NH

This was made standing on the foundation of what was once Fletcher’s Mill.

This bridge was built over the Connecticut River to join two communities.  In 1876, the town of Pittsburgh, NH voted to build the bridge.  Given that there are no records on the construction of the bridge, it is assumed it was built that year.  In 1878, the Town of Pittsburgh asked officials in Clarksville for some compensation for the construction of the bridge because it serves both towns.  The town of Clarksville voted to not pay anything.  The moral of the story is to negotiate your terms before you build your bridge.

On a happier note, the bridge was rehabilitated in 1974.  The $6,700 price tag was shared by Pittsburg and Clarksville with additional funds from the state.

The view from the bridge.

The bridge was built at the site of Fletchers Mill.  (I took the first image standing on the ruined foundations of the mill.)  Fletchers Mill was built in 1815 when this area was known as the Indian Stream Territory.  The water powered mill had two floors, one milled grain and the other was a saw mill. A mill was essential to the development of the region. 

This bride is closed to vehicular traffic. Note that there is no road at the end of the bridge. There is a fence and gate and then just a path.

27 thoughts on “Pittsburg-Clarksville Bridge – Pittsburg and Clarksville, NH

  1. Sandra

    Beautiful pictures Chris! I love that this one leads to a footpath. That black and white shot of the shadows is gorgeous and the shot of the river is tremendous! This one is my new favorite!

    Reply
      1. Sandra

        You’re doing a wonderful job telling each story and illustrating the details with your images. It’s been a fun project to follow. You take care too!

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