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Annisquam Bridge


View Southeast, From West Bank Of Lobster Cove

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #295293



The Annisquam Bridge is a historic bridge in Annisquam, Massachusetts, a village within the city of Gloucester. The first city owned bridge was built in 1861 for $2587 by Joseph B Burnham to replace an earlier 1847 built private bridge that crossed Lobster Cove. The 1861 bridge is 440 feet (130 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide, and had a drawbridge section in the center that was moved by a hand-cranked winch. The bridge has repeatedly been the subject of safety closings and restorative work over the course of the 20th century, and was completely rebuilt in 1946-7, removing the draw. Despite this, it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1968, and pedestrian traffic in 1987.[2] The bridge has since been rehabilitated, and is open to pedestrian traffic. Although it was the most common type of bridge over wide bodies of water throughout much of the 18th and early 19th centuries, it is today a rare example. It is important locally for its close connections with the development of Annisquam. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places June 23, 1983. Survey number: HAER MA-61 National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: NR

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983[1] and newest rebuild design is similar classic pile timber stringer of 1861 original Fred T. Hall design style thanks to efforts of Charles and Horace Lindberg and others to preserve architectural appearance.A comprehensive Written historical and descriptive data can be found in http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/ma/ma1300/ma1327/d... Bridge used primarily now for wharf access for dinghy tie-ups for access to boats moored in Lobster Cove and of course locals children to swim and dive. There is also an annual Dinner on the Bridge event run by Annisquam Exchange whose profits are used to preserve local historic buildings. The Annisquam Village Bridge is a favorite of Artists and Photographers both as a platform for tripods or easels when painting picturesque Lobster Cove or as a subject itself. A wonderful additional historical overview of Annisquam and its bridge and people can be found in a 2013 essay by Peter Fortune; see http://www.fortunearchive.com/Boating/Top%20Cruising%20Spots... . Annisquam section begins on page 15.


Timber stringer bridge over Lobster Cove Annisquam, Massachusetts on Pedestrian traffic Washington St to Annisquam Village
Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts
Design now limits to pedestrian traffic only
First private bridge was built in 1848 became city owned when rebuilt in 1861,altered in 1877,1908,1920 rebuilt in 1946-47 and 1988
- Arthur C. Hall (1946 Rebuild Contractor)
- B. Griffin & Son (1877 Repairs)
- Fred T. Hall
- Joseph B. Burnham of Gloucester, Massachusetts (1817-1884)
- Paul A. Polisson (1946 Rebuild Designer)
Wooden pile Timber stringer originally wide enough for carriage and wagon traffic and had a double leaf 30 ft.
drawbridge section in the center that was moved by a hand-cranked winch.It has since been removed in rebuilt structure. It is a wooden pile bridge, a type of which only two others were found in New England (the other in Chatham is now being rebuilt not as classic timber only) as part of a c. 1979 survey but latest rebuild of Annisquam Village Bridge allows for pedestrian traffic only
Total length: 443.0 ft.
Deck width: 26.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1983
Also called
Squam Bridge
Annisquam Walkbridge
Lobster Cove Bridge
Annisquam Village Lobster Cove Bridge
Bridgewater Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.65392, -70.67522   (decimal degrees)
42°39'14" N, 70°40'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/362690/4723744 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Gloucester OE N
4 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 830005721 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 63113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2017: New photos from Robert Lindberg
  • August 8, 2017: New photo from Robert Lindberg
  • January 7, 2015: New photos from Robert Lindberg
  • December 30, 2014: New photo from Robert Lindberg
  • December 9, 2014: New photo from Robert Lindberg
  • December 2, 2014: New photo from Robert Lindberg
  • November 28, 2014: New photos from Robert Lindberg
  • September 27, 2014: Updated by Robert Lindberg: Add Walter Hardy photo submitted and update on Annisquam Exchange
  • September 26, 2014: Updated by Robert Lindberg: Add pictures from Randall Lindberg and his update of additional text on present use of bridge
  • September 24, 2014: New photos from Robert Lindberg
  • September 23, 2014: HAER photos posted by Luke
  • September 23, 2014: Added by Robert Lindberg


  • HAER MA-61 - Annisquam Bridge, Spanning Lobster Cove between Washington & River Streets, Gloucester, Essex County, MA
  • Elinor Teele - Squam Creative Services