My plan was to photograph this bridge first and then make my way north taking pictures of other bridges as I went. As you can see from the photo above, when I reached this bridge, the area was still very much covered in a thick fog. I took a few photos and then drove up to the northernmost bridge and worked my way back to this one.
This bridge has the distinction of being the most northerly Connecticut River bridge connecting Vermont and New Hampshire. The Connecticut River separates the two states but any bridges north of here are all in New Hampshire where the river originates from Lake Francis.
The Columbia Bridge was built in 1912. It replaced an earlier bridge which had been destroyed by fire in 1911. I find it interesting that it is only open on one side.
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.
This is Rowell’s Bridge in Hopkinton, NH. It was built over the Contoocook River in 1853 by Horace Childs and his brothers Enoch and Warren at a cost of $300.25. The bridge is 154 feet or 47 meters long.
After it was built, someone drove a herd of cattle across it faster than was advisable moving the bridge off its abutments or foundation. It had to be brought back into place and then securely fastened.
Around 1930, a support pier was built under the center of the bridge. Unfortunately, it was built a bit too high. This caused the bridge to teeter back and forth like the wobbly table at a restaurant. The top layer of stones was removed from the pier correcting the problem.
The bridge was rebuilt in 1965 and then most recently rehabilitated in 1982. It is reportedly named for Abram (or Abraham) Rowell, an early resident of the area. I had previously photographed this bridge but was not happy with the image. I visted this one while in the same area as three other bridges.