Stark Bridge – Stark, NH

During the 1940 and 50s, the bridge had some structural problems that required a lot of work.  This is a fairly busy bridge and having it tied up with maintenance was not ideal.  The townspeople voted to replace the bridge with a new steel bridge.

Well, this would not do. The bridge is a favorite of photographers and painters because of it’s positioning with the church next to it and the hills behind them.  There was an outcry that resulted in the state coming in to help save the bridge. 

The bridge was built in 1862.  In the 1890s, flood waters washed out a pier in the center of the bridge and washed the entire bridge downstream.  Teams of oxen were used to haul the bridge back and set it on new stone piers. 

34 thoughts on “Stark Bridge – Stark, NH

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. I saw some otehr photos and if I had gone further back and got a bit of elevation, the bridge would have stood out better. Another time. That church is beautiful.

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  1. loisajay

    So many of these bridges were washed downstream and then brought back to life. Thankfully. I like the little walk-through on the side of this one. And right next to the church. Truly picture-perfect.

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  2. Sandra

    I agree with all that Lois said. It is interesting that being washed downstream was common for these bridges. Great pictures Chris! Happy Friday!

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I know. It almost makes me feel we live in much more boring times. Wait, we have COVID and wild fires. A bridge washing downstream seems tame by comparison. Happy Friday to us! Let the weekend begin.

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  3. Ashley

    What a beautiful bridge and church! Great photos Chris! (I’m hoping to spend time in the garden this weekend, tidying up and preparing it for the winter. It’s only a very small garden and it won’t take too long, but best to be ready. Have a great weekend.

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I love how we English speakers can so easily turn a noun into a verb. Bridging can be your 2021 New Years resolution. I’m trying to think of what next year’s epic project will be.

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