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Prentiss Bridge – Langdon, NH

This is the last bridge.  In this series, I’ve photographed the longest covered bridge in the country (the Cornish-Windsor Bridge) and the longest bridge entirely in our state (the Bath Bridge).  To end, I photographed the smallest bridge.  It wasn’t planned that way, it’s just the way it happened. 

The bridge is only 34 feet, six inches but what she lacks in size she more than makes up in beauty.

There has been a bridge at this location for a long time.  We don’t know when the first one was built but the second was built in December 1791.  That was during George Washington’s first term in office.  It gets it name from being built on land settled by John Prentiss.

The Cheshire Turnpike Company took over the bridge in 1805.  The turnpike was the route from Canada to Boston. In 1874, the town voted to raise $1,000 to replace the existing bridge with a covered bridge to be built by Albert S. Granger. The bridge was open to traffic until 1954 when it was bypassed.  Now it’s for pedestrian use only.  There is a nice little park area next to the bridge with the bench you see here. 

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you which of these bridges is my favorite. 

McDermott Bridge – Langdon, NH

This is a unique shot. The bridge is paralleled by a modern bridge. I was able to stand on the new bridges and photograph the side of the old one, including the space left by the missing board.

After photographing the three bridges in Newport and making a detour to take photographs of the Blow-Me-Down Mill in Cornish, I headed to Langdon, NH for the last two bridges of the project.  Rather than take the highway south in Vermont, I took state routes along the Connecticut River to enjoy the scenery. 

The McDermott Bridge is pretty old, having been built in 1869.  There had been three open bridges at this site built in 1790, 1814, and 1840. Those bridges tended not to last very long because they relied on posts sunk into the wet ground. 

The bridge was built by Albert S. Granger.  He used a design his father had patented based on a modification of an existing bridge style.  The father, Sandford Granger was a multi-talented man.  In addition to designing and building bridges, he also ran a sawmill in what is now Fall Mountain State Forest.