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Joels Bridge

Map 

Description 

Possibly the first bridge built by Peter Paddleford utilizing the Paddleford truss system. Bridge was bypassed in 1950 with the intent to preserve it. Lost to arson in 1975

Facts 

Overview
Lost Covered Paddleford through truss bridge over Saco River
Location
Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire
Status
Lost to arson. Substructure remains present.
History
Built 1846; Bypassed 1950; Burned 1975
Builders
- Peter Paddleford
- Phillip Paddleford
Design
Covered Paddleford through truss with arches
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 275.0 ft.
Also called
Smith-Eastman Bridge
Meeting House Hill Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.00075, -71.08238   (decimal degrees)
44°00'03" N, 71°04'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/333047/4874063 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 70820 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Filled out info & history of bridge
  • February 8, 2016: Added by Nathan Holth

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