Groveton Bridge – Northumberland, NH

This is the bridge I almost missed.  When I planned these shoots, worked from a list in the state’s guide New Hampshire Covered Bridges.  I obsessed over it and thought I had all of them but I missed this one.  The ironic thing was that I obsessed over the list because I didn’t want to drive three hours to an area and later discover that I’d missed a bridge there. That was almost exactly my fate.

This is a different angle inside the bridge. Because of the low slope of the arch, I walked up it to take this shot.

I was saved by the fact that this bridge is right next to the main route through the area, U.S. Route 3.  I passed it on my way north to Pittsburg and then again on the way back.  Something didn’t make sense, so I checked the list from my phone and found that this bridge was indeed on the list.  

This was taken using the supports as a frame.

According to the state book on these bridges, “the bridge was built by Captain Charles Richardson and his son. When U.S. Route 3 was reconstructed in 1939, the Groveton covered bridge was bypassed.”

Groveton was one of the areas hard hit by the closing of paper mills in the North Country.  Diamond International Papers was a long time employer in the area.  The mill was sold in 2008 and then changed hands a number of times before closing.  There was talk of an LNG plant being located  there, as well as a biomass energy plant and selling the old mill for scrap.  I’m not sure of the status of any of these plans. 

The steam locomotive was used as a switch engine by another paper mill in the area, the Odell Manufacturing Company.  It was last used in the mid-1960s. The community decorates it every year at Christmas.

36 thoughts on “Groveton Bridge – Northumberland, NH

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. I’m glad it was hard to miss, otehrwise, I would have done just that. This would be a great train for movies. I hope somebody still makes westerns.

  1. China Dream

    I like this bridge, it looks like it has a different “feel” to it… got a chuckle over your “story” about almost missing it….. isn’t adventure, fun =^_^=

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It would be interesting. I’m guessing they put lights on it. The bridge still had its Christmas lights on it. It would be a long ride for a shoot but I could combine this with other things.

      1. seankfletcher

        Fabulous! These sorts of things make the world go round.

        We still have a sting of reindeer lights across the front of our house from last year, so one less thing I have to do soon.

  2. Prior...

    Chris – I love the extra photos – like the one through the supports and down view
    How cool to imagine a man and his son doing a project like this – truly a meningitis and arduous endeavor
    How cool to decorate the locomotive at Xmas
    – and speaking of trains and Xmas – last month at a small bizarre kind of sale – I got my father n law a wreath that had a moving battery operated train on if! So cool and he will love it – his dad worked for a railroad way back when

      1. Prior...

        yes – and it is study and just so well made – some crafter did a fine job.
        earlier this year we bought him a a huge poster on foam board with all the trains on it – not even sure what they were depicting – but for his retirement place it was perfect – and can maybe help on days when he struggles more than the normal day

  3. Nancy

    Wow! I’m glad you found this one! And it being white made it worth the hunt!
    And the locomotive decorated for Christmas would be another great adventure, perhaps.
    Happy Sunday Chris!

  4. Les

    Again, the Covered Bridges up your way are different than what I see & photograph around here & down in Lancaster County. Not one of them has the color red on it. That’s the difference between up there & here. Painting the Covered Bridges Red in color has been a long-standing Amish or Mennonite tradition. Just why I don’t know.


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