(one of) the longest covered bridges in the United States!

In the spirit of giving the people what they want, here’s another post about covered bridges.  Seriously, my one post about a covered bridge gets about 10 times as many reads as anything else on my random, personal bog.  Maybe the world is hungry for a covered bridge blog?  Or are kids writing reports using google?  Here you go, hungry mysterious internet!

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This, of course, is the majestic Cornish-Windsor bridge, spanning the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire, and Windsor, Vermont.

It is a town lattice truss, and it is 460 feet long, making it one of the longest in the United States!  Of course, note that it is a two-span, while the North Blenheim bridge is a single-span. Which is more impressive?  I say North Blenheim, but you be the judge for yourself!

I took this picture from the train, after the conductor reminded us all to look.  Train sidenote: I also eavesdropped on a conversation where the assistant conductor explained how his lifelong dream had been to work on the trains, and now here he was…. the same sort of magic doesn’t happen on buses — take the train!

My dad worked on this bridge in 1987, and I still have a t-shirt from it’s re-opening after it was fixed.  For some reason, that “Chesterfield Associates” shirt is one of my most cherished possessions.

Want to learn more about historic trusses?  Why not read my dad’s book about Historic American Roof Trusses?

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2 Responses to “(one of) the longest covered bridges in the United States!”

  1. DW MIller Says:

    You might want to look at this! It is 613 ft. long! WE are proud of of this bridge and believe it is longer then the Cornish-Windsor bridge.

  2. Mavis Says:

    DW — I did some research with my dad and you are right! Smolen Gulf is in fact longer than the Cornish Windsor. However, as my dad points out, Cornish Windsor is only two spans, to Smolen Gulf’s four, making it more of a feat of construction. Both are seriously amazing bridges!!!

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