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

May 3, 2009

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!


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?