Bissell Covered Bridge 21-06-04 #3
From New England Travels blog: The Bissell Covered Bridge, this one, was built in 1951. There had been an earlier bridge here built in 1880, but was condemned in the 1940s. When the town chose to replace the bridge, they decided to replace it not with a modern open bridge, but with another covered bridge. The wood is Douglas fir from Oregon, and shingles are cedar.
This bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1995, and would have been replaced by the state with a modern open bridge, except Charlemont said no thank you in no uncertain terms. A stalemate lasted some 14 years while the state built that temporary bridge in the background, and the town continued to push for the renovation of the covered bridge, in the foreground. The bridge in the foreground won."
- Long through truss bridge over Mill Brook on Heath Road
- Charlemont, Franklin County, Massachusetts
- Built 1951, rehabilitated 2009
- Long through truss variant
Total length: 95.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.63158, -72.86888 (decimal degrees)
42°37'54" N, 72°52'08" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 18/674741/4722105 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- WGCB 21-06-04 #3 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 59555 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- August 16, 2019: New Street View added by Timothy and Joann Phillips
- February 4, 2014: Added by Jack Schmidt
- Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
- Timothy and Joann Phillips