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Posted February 23, 2018, by Luke

What I'm seeing is a dirty I-beam flange with a wooden deck casting a deep shadow.

In any case, your notion that wooden bridges haven't been constructed recently/almost all non-covered examples being gone is false.

Hundreds still exist, and they continue to be built

Posted February 23, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

One thing about bridges, you sometimes have to look underneath.

The underside of a bridge is not normally the most attractive part of the structure. It does not generally feature portal bracings, ornamentation, plaques, finials, and other cool stuff. But, by looking underneath, you can often get some good clues about how the bridge functions.

To use concrete bridges as an example, sometimes it's hard to tell a tee beam from a slab from a concrete through girder without looking underneath. I have found that sometimes even the National Bridge Inventory gets the structures confused.

Without looking underneath, my suspicion is this is a wooden bridge with some steel stringers underneath. A very high percentage of old bridges, including wooden bridges, have steel stringers underneath.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Amanda

Change it if you want, clearly you’re not seeing the same thing I’m seeing. Honestly I really don’t care if this is classified as a stringer or a beam. They are virtually the same thing IMHO. I care more about accuracy on materials, in which case this bridge is (at least majority) wooden.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Luke

Except you can very clearly see where the I-beam's flange joins the web (vertical).

Posted February 23, 2018, by Amanda

Yeah, that other one is definitely a beam of some sort.

But this bridge is not... at least not a steel I-beam. Just look closely at the bottommost chord/member of the bridge. It’s clearly not made of steel.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Luke

The bridge also appears to be in similar construction as another nearby bridge, which is clearly an I-beam span as well

Posted February 23, 2018, by Amanda

Never heard of a bridge type called an “I beam” before except in one scenario - the magnificent Confederation Bridge in New Brunswick, Canada.

How is the term “I beam” being used here? All I can tell is that despite the claims to the contrary on Commons, this bridge is definitely not made of steel.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like an I-beam to me. I can't tell if it's the older style or the Bethlehem Style.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Luke

Looks like an I-beam flange to me.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Amanda

Look closely at the picture. You can obviously tell that the bottommost member of the bridge is NOT steel. The Wikimedia page is wrong. Wikimedia Commons does not allow free editing the descriptions of already uploaded files.

Posted February 23, 2018, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like a steel stringer to me. Also the wikimedia page mentions steel.

Pineground Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted February 18, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I've found that an ample amount of snow makes pictures even better. Just gotta have a good pair of boots!

Pineground Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted February 18, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Three or four _inches_? Grab your mukluks and trudge!

Do try to avoid injury, seriously.

Pineground Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted February 18, 2018, by Amanda

Do not try to visit this bridge during the winter months in New Hampshire, as you will find it inaccessible and closed off by snowdrifts. See my essay above.

Posted February 15, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)


An interesting read, by Steve Lindsey

Jan 30, 2017

I have always wanted to write a book. Not a serious book. A humorous one. A light-hearted book. One of those “Secret Lives of Something” books. A part of a recognized series. A book where there would be a revenue stream, so I could take interesting vacations. Something with entertainment and distracting value.

My title would be “The Secret Lives of Elected and Appointed Officials.” A work that would put forth how politicians and commissioners actually work and behave. This wouldn’t be anything salacious involving stains on dresses or congressional pages. It would involve those seeking power, jockeying for power. That sort of thing.

My favorite chapter would illustrate the need to humiliate and demean lessors in the political hierarchy. Of particular interest would be the degradation of the citizenry that endures the political caste system. Keeping the citizen inline and under the thumb would make for boffo material, a good read.

In recent weeks, a group trying to save the Harlan Fiske Stone Bridge dissolved after years of stonewalling by state authorities. The Chesterfield Arch Bridge Beautification and Preservation Society is no more. They wanted to save the 1937 riveted-steel arch bridge and turn it into a park and scenic overlook on the Connecticut River. Like Shelburne Falls’ Bridge of Flowers.

This was, of course, a doomed project that sees two nearby underfunded state parks faltering and failing: Pisgah Park and the Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area.

This news followed on the heels of the dissolution of another citizens’ group proposing a dog park for Keene. City officials likewise broke the will of this grassroots effort, too. How dare the uneducated and unofficial voice opinion and put forth programs? We live in a world of experts.

For you out there, thinking of getting involved beyond voting once a year for one of two candidates chosen by party bosses, consultants and special interests, buy my book. It will be a better use of your time.



17 Center St


Posted February 15, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All we expected was bridge maintenance, by Lorraine Scrivani

Jan 31, 2017

Your editorial, “State shouldn’t fund bridge upkeep” (Jan. 24), states:

“… the group (Chesterfield Arch Bridge Society) is wrong to expect state transportation funds.”

It infers that we expected money from the state. Our group never expected money from the state.

We did expect some maintenance for the bridge. Although we had an encroachment agreement and we placed benches and flower barrels, the state owns and is responsible for some bridge upkeep and safety for pedestrians.


Chesterfield Arch Bridge Society

Posted February 15, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sentinel Editorial

State shouldn't fund bridge upkeep

Jan 24, 2017

The Justice Harlan Fiske Stone Bridge, built in 1937, is rusting and hasn’t borne vehicle traffic since 2003, when a new, larger structure was built less than 20 feet away. Instead, it serves pedestrians, cyclists and those who just want to pause and enjoy the view of the Connecticut River.

The new bridge, dubbed the U.S. Navy Seabees Bridge, was long sought as concerns grew about the safety of the older bridge.

In 2009, a group of area residents formed the Arch Bridge Beautification and Preservation Society, hoping to not only keep the bridge in use, but also turn it into a lasting destination along the lines of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass. Group members mowed grass, pulled weeds and installed planters at either end and in the middle of the bridge. They added benches and two water tanks to make watering flowers in planters easier. Local businesses donated money and materials for the project.

At one point, noting the deteriorating look of the bridge, the group applied for a N.H. Moose Plate Grant to fund the repair of some unsightly rusty cable conduits that run the length of the bridge, to no avail. The state Department of Transportation has been unwilling to fund repainting the structure, too.

The Arch Bridge Beautification and Preservation Society, having dwindled from about 40 members to a half-dozen today, announced recently it will disband. The announcement came with a tinge of bitterness that the state hasn’t stepped up to help fund its efforts.

As wonderful as those efforts have been for those who enjoy the pedestrian bridge, the group is wrong to expect state transportation funds.

New Hampshire has nearly 500 bridges on its “red list.” Those are just the ones deemed to be in such poor shape structurally that the state feels the need to inspect them more frequently and start planning to repair, rehabilitate or replace them. A separate list of 820 “mediocre” bridges — those close to making the red list — also exists.

Over the past 20 years, the state has essentially kept pace with the deterioration of bridges. Some years, it’s made a little progress; others, it’s fallen further behind. New Gov. Chris Sununu has promised to make transportation infrastructure a priority, so there’s hope the situation will get better.

In the meantime, as nice as it would be to have state funding to help keep the Harlan Fiske Stone Bridge viable, the prospect that even one Granite State bridge might fail for lack of repairs while funding went to repainting a closed and replaced bridge is horrific to contemplate.

The bridge group has certainly gone well beyond what could have been expected of its members, and it’s sad to see those members so frustrated that they’re ready to give up the effort. Perhaps a solution lies in applying for a grant through the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

Or maybe they could follow another example the group’s leaders have cited. Shelburne Falls’ Bridge of Flowers, once slated to be destroyed, was saved by a community effort led by the local Woman’s Club. Though it was far more involved, the fundraising relied more on private donations and grant money than public funds. Its success created a reputation that has continued to garner support — enough to keep the maintenance going.

That’s a high bar and perhaps, when all is said and done, it’s not worth it to maintain a picturesque view and pedestrian trail. But putting state funds meant for public safety into such a project would be wrong.

The Keene Sentinel

Posted February 1, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Questions raised about old bridges at hearing for new Hinsdale-Brattleboro span

By Meg McIntyre Sentinel Staff Jan 19, 2018 (0)

HINSDALE — As state highway officials move forward with plans for a new bridge connecting the town to Brattleboro, members of the public have raised concerns about what will happen to the current bridges spanning the Connecticut River.

Several people asked about the future of those structures, and access to Hinsdale Island, at a public hearing Thursday night about the estimated $46 million project.

The bridges, named after Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh, are Pennsylvania truss-style spans built in 1920 and rehabilitated in 1988. N.H. Department of Transportation officials classify the narrow bridges as functionally obsolete, which means they’re outdated, don’t meet current design standards and have height and weight restrictions.

In addition to building a new bridge, the transportation department plans to convert the old bridges for use by bicycles and pedestrians. The department has also applied for a TIGER grant to provide additional funds for the old bridges’ refurbishment.

The rest of the money for the bridge replacement project will come from federal highway funds, New Hampshire funds and Vermont funds, officials said Thursday.

Steve Lindsey, a former state representative from Keene, spoke in favor of maintaining the bridges so that people still have access to Hinsdale Island.

“It’s a wonderful public space. It’s a place for the public to go in nature, and it’s access to the river,” he said. “ ... We should maintain the old bridges as heritage structures, as access to a wonderful public resource for everyone to gain access to the island.”

Lindsey also noted that he had originally submitted the bill to name the bridges after Charles Dana and Anna Hunt Marsh, and that this style of bridge is no longer common.

However, Joseph Conroy, a Hinsdale resident who serves on the town’s budget committee, opposed maintaining the existing bridges and advocated for tearing them down sooner rather than later, which he said would be more inexpensive in the long-run.

“What are we going to do with them? Will they rot and fall into the river?” Conroy said. “ ... If we keep those bridges, 10 years from now, what’s it going to cost to take those bridges down? $10 million? $8 million? Taxpayers gotta pay for that.”

Hinsdale resident Edwin O. “Smokey” Smith, a former state representative, emphasized that if the bridges are maintained, the island should be cleaned up and turned into a “usable space” for the public.

A project to replace the bridges has been included in the state’s 10-year transportation improvement plan since fiscal year 1994, with its start date being delayed several times. It was bumped completely from the 2013-22 plan because of a lack of funding before being put back in the 2015-24 plan.

The new steel girder bridge, to be built several hundred feet downstream of the existing bridges, will stretch 1,782 feet across the Connecticut River. It will vary in width between 49 feet along the majority of the roadway and 53 feet at the Vermont-side intersection, which will be slightly wider to accommodate a turning lane where Route 119 intersects Route 142. That intersection will be controlled with a traffic signal. The plans also call for a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the bridge’s north side, with a few viewing platforms for pedestrians to enjoy views of the river.

The state will begin accepting construction bids in late 2019, with work likely to begin in spring 2020 and continue into 2023, state officials said Thursday night.

The public hearing, which was moderated by a governor-appointed commission, drew about 50 people to Hinsdale Town Hall, including several state and town officials. The commission is chaired by Terry M. Clark, and area residents Christopher C. Coates and James M. Tetreault also serve on it.

State Sen. Jay V. Kahn, D-Keene, spoke in favor of the project, along with state Rep. Michael D. Abbott, D-Hinsdale.

“This project has been going on or in the works since basically 1973. It has been on and off the 10-year plan from that time forward ... I think that it’s been thoroughly vetted and explored and its time has come,” Abbott said. “I think that any delay in its implementation would have a very detrimental effect on the economic, social and basically the safety concerns of the Hinsdale community and all the other communities along Route 119.”

One attendee had a suggestion for naming the new bridge. Michael J. Mulligan of Hinsdale, who refers to himself as a “bridge angel,” proposed that the new bridge be named the Mike Mulligan Memorial Bridge.

Mulligan has been known in recent years for his demonstrations and protests on the bridge, where he posted warnings to drivers that they were traveling over what he claimed were unsafe structures.

A few hearing attendees asked about the process the project needed to go through on the Vermont side of the river.

They included Daniel Cotter, the director of plant and operations maintenance at Marlboro College, who expressed concern about the number of parking spaces the college’s Brattleboro location would lose because of the new construction.

Officials referred his concern and other questions to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

The official record of the public hearing will remain open for 10 days. Members of the public can submit information or testimony for the record by mail to Peter E. Stamnas, director of project development at the N.H. Department of Transportation, at P.O. Box 483, Concord, 03302.

For more information on the project, visit

Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or Follow her on Twitter at @MMcIntyreKS.

Posted February 1, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Fight to keep old Hinsdale bridges, by Steve Lindsey

Jan 17, 2018

They are building a big new bridge in Hinsdale. Across the Connecticut River. Over a wide section. Almost 1,800 feet of bridge (See “Public hearing set for Hinsdale bridge project,” The Sentinel, Dec. 30.)

After nearly 100 years, a new bridge, replacing two quirky green truss bridges upstream. It is the government’s responsibility to improve infrastructure to aid commerce. A Walmart SuperCenter is near the crossing. The Bridge to Walmart.

But government should be for more than commerce. The N.H. Department of Transportation project includes the preservation of the existing Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana bridges, keeping the island in the middle of the river as a recreational area.

Why not? The government should be more to us than only providing for business. There are other parts of our lives that it should serve, too. Some have called for the demolition of the old bridges.

Consider joining me at the hearing to support keeping the two heritage spans. The hearing is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Hinsdale Town Hall.


Posted February 1, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Editorial: General Sullivan Bridge may need to go.

For decades the General Sullivan Bridge ferried travelers over the Little Bay between Portsmouth and Dover. Standing proudly, it served as a lifeline between the coast and inland communities such as Dover and Rochester. It provided a gateway for tourists and residents alike to our White Mountains region.

But as time wears on all of us, so it did on this iconic structure, which was put into service in 1935. Retirement came in 1984 with the opening of the second Little Bay Bridge.

Unfortunately, decision makers along the way sidestepped the question of what to do with this rusting, elderly green giant, and now the costs of doing anything have skyrocketed.

The time has now come to answer the question of what to do as we near completion of the second bridge and concerns rise about the safe use of the General Sullivan as it continues to deteriorate.

Also pushing a decision are concerns of bike riders, whose numbers have grown in recent years and who must get from one side of the bay to the other during and after construction.

As discussions now stand, attention is being focused on either rehabilitating the General Sullivan or removing its iron structure and building a narrower pedestrian/bike bridge using the existing pilings.

Unfortunately, the cost for either of those plans is jaw-dropping.

The price of a complete restoration of the 1,500-foot structure is tagged at $43.9 million. The alternative, which includes using the concrete piling superstructure as the basis for a narrower bridge, is $32.6 million.

There is a third alternative we believe may better balance the needs of commuters and the state’s financial realities, albeit as a comparatively new consideration that as yet has no price tag. Aside from cost, it would also appear to satisfy the needs of pedestrians and bike riders. That alternative would be to eliminate the General Sullivan Bridge and add a bike/pedestrian path as another new lane to the southbound Little Bay Bridge.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for SABR, a 26-year-old advocacy group for bike riders, said that what ultimately happens with the old bridge is less of a concern to the group than making sure bicycle access is maintained through whatever construction ultimately occurs.

We understand that in order to move the process along, New Hampshire had to provide assurances to the federal government that the General Sullivan would remain in some way over Little Bay.

The General Sullivan is considered a historic landmark. It is one of the highest rated historic bridges in the state, eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and identified under federal regulations as a highly valued Section 4(f) resource. As such, the U.S. DOT Act of 1966 protects significant publicly owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges and public and private historic sites.

But, to the best of our knowledge, Washington plans to provide nothing in the way of financial support to rebuild the General Sullivan either in whole or part as the costs of saving the rusting structure have escalated sharply from estimates as comparatively low as $26 million only four years ago.

Surely, we would like to see the General Sullivan continue to serve the region in some fashion. It is hard to imagine crossing Little Bay without seeing the old soldier standing at attention. Unfortunately, New Hampshire has a long list of red-listed bridges and roads in desperate need of repairs. Planners and the Legislature must look at needs instead of wants to keep all of our well traveled roads and bridges safe.

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Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 10, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its a modern welded truss bridge. It was going to be ugly no matter what they did. The variants in appearance are just a little icing on the cake. They got exactly what they asked for: a modern, non-historic truss bridge. Those come with an automatic extra-strength dose of UGLY. If they didn't want that, they should have preserved what they had, or relocated and preserved a different historic bridge, or if for some reason they were insistent on all-new construction, they could have contacted Bach Steel for fabrication of a true replica riveted truss bridge.

Posted January 7, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Save the Sullivan Bridge

January 04. 2018 9:12PM

To the Editor: In this day of increasing congestion, obesity and climate change it seems like those who choose a means of transportation that mitigates all three should be promoted and encouraged by every means possible.

Walkable, cycling friendly towns are overwhelmingly where people want to visit and to live. Portsmouth and the Seacoast area is Exhibit A for this very reason. Developing and building out the areas non-motorized infrastructure fits in perfectly with this. But what is still missing is a way to link everything together. And the centerpiece of this network is the General Sullivan Bridge. The General Sullivan Bridge is unique in that it is the only means of accessing the Seacoast from points west (and vice versa) for non-motorized transportation. There is no other route.

An active transportation network that is safe and easy to use would attract more users and (especially) young people who are looking for alternatives and have shown a disdain for automobiles. (See Amazon’s recent requirements for siting their second headquarters.) Plus, it would work in a huge way to mitigate the most obnoxious negative effect of our rapid growth — cars. A person on a bike is a car off the road. We need more people on bikes. But first we need a path to ride on — or a bridge!

As it stands today the rusty, collapsing, neglected, use-at-your-own-risk, General Sullivan Bridge is the perfect metaphor for the state of active transportation in New Hampshire.



Posted January 7, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A bridge too far: $32 million for pedestrians and bikes

Union Leader EDITORIAL

December 13. 2017 12:10AM

If the General Sullivan Bridge connecting Newington and Dover didn’t exist, would New Hampshire transportation officials propose spending $32 million to build a new bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists?

We very much doubt it.

During a presentation in Portsmouth touting a proposed toll hike, DOT officials cited the Sullivan Bridge project, which would refurbish the bridge for the approximately 500 walkers and bikers who cross the span each week. The project is already in the DOT budget, and is scheduled whether or not tolls increase.

The DOT got a little overzealous trying to sell Seacoast residents on the goodies they’d receive if the Executive Council went through with a plan to hike tolls up to 50 percent.

The Sullivan Bridge has long outlived its usefulness. Supporters of sprucing up the Sullivan are confusing old with historic. The bridge hasn’t carried vehicle traffic in three decades. It is an eyesore, and the U.S. Coast Guard considers it an obstruction to navigation.

Tearing the bridge down and replacing it with a similar structure would cost even more. But why must the aging bridge be replaced with something similar to cater to a handful of people?

If the Executive Council believes that a lightly-travelled footbridge is such a high priority for New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure, the state should find a more cost-effective way to achieve that goal.

Posted January 7, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

$32M bicycle and pedestrian crossing to move forward with or without toll hike


Union Leader Correspondent

December 11. 2017 12:53AM

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that work on the General Sullivan Bridge will be sped up by a proposed toll increase. A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said the work is already budgeted, and construction on the $32 million project will go forward even if the Executive Council does not approve the toll increase this month.

Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation say a $32 million project to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to continue crossing the long-defunct General Sullivan Bridge over Little Bay will remain on track even if tolls do not increase.

The state is currently widening the adjoining Little Bay Bridge from two lanes to four lanes in each direction to alleviate rush-hour backups. But there are no plans for access to bicyclists and pedestrians on the stretch of the Spaulding Turnpike connecting Newington and Dover.

Approximately 500 bicyclists and pedestrians used the General Sullivan Bridge weekly in counts performed in July 2016, according to New Hampshire Department of Transportation Chief Project Manager Keith Cota.

State officials recognize the cost of the bridge project is high, but it has been argued the General Sullivan Bridge is a historic landmark. Cota said the structure is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge opened in 1935 and has been closed to vehicular traffic for three decades.

Construction on the General Sullivan Bridge is planned as the final part of a $260 million major capital project on the turnpike in Dover and Newington. It is slated for fiscal years 2019 to 2022, according to a slide presentation by Deputy Commissioner Christopher Waszczuk during a public hearing in Portsmouth last week.

Bill Cass, the assistant commissioner and chief engineer for the NH DOT, said the department is looking into the most cost-effective option of partially removing and replacing the bridge with a like superstructure.

The state has committed to rehabilitating the bridge under the National Environmental Policy Act, Cass said.

“We have reopened the NEPA process and we are engaging stakeholders in that dialogue,” Cass said.

A complete bridge removal and replacement has an estimated construction cost of $43.7 million. The partial removal and replacement plan will cost $31.7 million and is the cheapest of all alternatives, officials have said.

The U.S. Coast Guard advised the state years ago to remove the General Sullivan Bridge, saying it no longer functions in the manner originally intended and is an obstruction to navigation, according to the NH DOT website.

Jeffrey Stieb, a bridge management specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard, said Friday the Coast Guard will work with the state on the General Sullivan Bridge plan, so long as the needs of vessel navigation are met.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 7, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update on the bicycle bridge project.

December 15. 2017 12:10AM

Hooksett pedestrian bridge work wrappping up for winter

By Melissa Proulx

Union Leader Correspondent

HOOKSETT ­— Work on the new pedestrian bridge in town will wrap up for the winter, even while a solution to mismatched sections of the bridge is still being sought.

Town Administrator Dean Shankle said work will shut down for the winter once crews finish installing the sewer line. Some of the work will include finishing off the walkway and installing the waterline.

The northern span of the new Lilac Bridge is a different shape than the other two. The steel beams, in general, are thinner and the diagonal ones go in the opposite direction of the ones on the other two spans. There also appears to be a height difference between the spans.

Work was temporarily halted when officials became aware of the difference. Though work started up again, an escrow account was created back in October.

“...When the resolution comes to terms and everybody agrees, then we can issue the payments,” said Finance Director Christine Soucie.

Over the last few months, Shankle has been working to find a solution to the problem.

“We were hoping to have more info back on what the cost would be to make it so it’s all the same size,” Shankle said. “We don’t have those numbers yet.”

The new footbridge will cross the Merrimack River and mirror the shape of the former Lilac Bridge. It will connect Merrimack Street to Riverside Drive near Robie’s Country Store. In all, the entire project is expected to cost about $3.3 million.

This will delay the opening of the bridge as well, which was supposed to be sometime in December. Shankle said work on the bridge should resume in the spring.

Shankle said he has been in touch with the engineering company — Dubois & King, Inc. out of Laconia — about the mismatching pieces, and was told the span was built according to standard processes.

The engineering firm was the one that got the final renderings of the bridge from the design company. Shankle said town officials have also been in touch with that company, who said it was built according to standard process.

Town councilors said that something should be done to fix the problem.

“We don’t want the bridge to be a trivia question for the next 100 years,” said Councilor Marc Miville.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 7, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My letter to the Union Leader making light of the selectmen's dilemma.

November 05. 2017 11:39PM

Live with it, Hooksett

To the Editor: So Hooksett officials are squawking and balking over their new bicycle bridge. They don’t think the north span fits in with the other two spans.

Live with it. History is not on their side. The original Lilac Bridge, a heritage bridge, lost a south span to the Flood of ‘36. It was replaced with a slightly different looking span. Nobody carped then. They were made of sterner stuff.

Does the new bicycle bridge look ridiculous? A little, when one considers the grace and beauty of the original demolished. But this is the appropriate result of a bum decision.



Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 6, 2018, by Luke


Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 6, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dissident opinions surface with the new bicycle bridge replacing the heritage span.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted January 6, 2018, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Town selectman disappointed with new bridge. Said it looks a lot different than what the sales representative promised.

Moose Brook Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 3, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Literally, up from the ashes!

And the WW&F is still working to raise abutment money

Posted November 9, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well I'll be! I'd be curious if it was still lurking there since the entire segment of road was abandoned. Next time I make it down to Rockingham County I'll make sure to check up on it.

Posted November 8, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Bing aerial shows a gap (until you zoom in and get trees). It looks like it's gone.

Posted November 8, 2017, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

The 2004 NBI gives coordinates near the end of Folsom Mill Lane. This bridge was dropped from the NBI after that.

Posted November 8, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I concur Royce, I can't find anything to line this up with either. I'd opt for junking the entry.

Posted November 8, 2017, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is no Black Hill Road near the area. There are only two roads crossing The Pawtuckaway River. Ghost bridge?

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted October 31, 2017, by othmar (othmar)

..................obviously, but which category ?...........

Posted October 27, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a fascinating bridge to visit, as this had signs of quite a interesting past. Originally built as a 2 span bridge, when its central pier was washed out in the 1890s it had a arch added and became a single span. It looks like they also rebuilt the truss to make this work, as the compression members in the middle of the bridge were turned around so they would appropriately transfer the load as a single span, instead of being its designed 2 span. When the arch was deleted and the pier re-added in the 50's they re-corrected the compression members, restoring it to a 2 span orientation. You can see signs of this in photos 45, 46, and 47, where empty slots indicate that the diagonal compression members in the middle panels were previously oriented in the opposite direction.

Posted October 21, 2017, by Steve Lindsey (stevelindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Update. Some in Hinsdale, NH, including a budget committee member support demolition.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted October 21, 2017, by Anonymous

Update. Hooksett town officials upset over design of replacement bicycle bridge, noting North Span differs from other two. They are not apparently students of history or they would have known the Storis designed bridge lost a span during the Flood of 36, and the replacement looked slightly different. The bicycle bridge is seen by many as the culmination of their years of public service and is a source of pride.


Milford Swing Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted October 15, 2017, by Elizabeth Watson (aelizabethwatson [at] gmail [dot] com)

Happy to tell everyone that the bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in July of 2017, and the Town of Milford is planning a complete overhaul (under supervision of the State Historic Preservation Office). Milford is in the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, and this bridge is listed among potential National Historic Landmarks for its rarity.

Posted October 13, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

They used that "too dangerous to allow workers on the bridge to repair it" excuse to demolish this bridge's "sister span" over Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont. However, with the Lake Champlain Bridge, the reason for this excuse was due to substructure (pier) deterioration. It is not clear that this New Hampshire example suffers from the same type of deterioration. Sadly though this country seems to place little value these days on having its elected officials make truthful statements, instead rewarding those who make bombastic statements.

Posted October 13, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

In what shouldn't come as any surprise given NH's recent war on metal truss bridges, even this early and iconic example of a continuous arch bridge is now under threat, with possible replacement on the horizon for 2019.

My favorite part of the article is the state senator quote of “When they were first talking about restoring the bridge, the cost was about $30 million. Now, it is up to about $42 million. Also, the bridge is in such bad shape that the work will be dangerous to the people hired to do it.”. Amazing how not fixing the problem and continuing to allow it to rot increases the cost of fixing it. Sadly it sentiments like this which allow so many bridges to be lost.

Moose Brook Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted October 4, 2017, by Ed Lecuyer (ed [at] spongeawareness [dot] com)

On October 4, 2017, the bridge timbers were relocated from Gorham, NH to Alna, ME so that the reconstruction and assembly of the Moose Brook Bridge can begin at the WW&F. For updates, and to contribute to the effort, please visit

Moose Brook Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted September 7, 2017, by Ed Lecuyer (ed [at] spongeawareness [dot] com)

Fundraising for the reconstruction of this bridge is underway. For details on the project and to contribute to the cause, please visit:

Moose Brook Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted September 6, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Very cool! I knew the WW&F were looking and wondered what they would choose. Looks like an interesting selection!


Art S.

Moose Brook Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted September 6, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Its a little sad to see this one moving out of NH and not being able to be restored for trail use on the PRRT, but on the other hand its a very exciting prospect for this to be restored for actual railroad (albeit narrow gauge) use. I'll definitely make the haul up to Wiscasset for this one

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted August 23, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Yes, you are correct, however the Wisconsin bridge is kind of in it's own category with regular sloped end posts that seems to have vertical end posts tacked on so that the tension members could be evenly spaced. I don't know the history or detail of the Ohio bridge.

My thought is that vertal end posts, as a standard design element, largely disappeared together with cast iron main structural elements around 1875. I consider the three I listed as closer to the remaining Fink and Bollman through trusses than the other two you listed. I'm not sure how to differentiated them. Maybe we call them 'first period' or something else to distinguish them.

We may be splitting hairs, the important thing is to celebrate this bridge's existence. I'm curious about it's history. I suspect it didn't start it's life at it's present location.

BTW, there is at least one 'first period' (by my definition) American made, vertical end post Whipple in existence outside the US.


Art S.

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted August 23, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A very impressive and utterly shocking find! Is this bridge available? Who owns it? As Art suggests this is an exceedingly rare bridge... although my count of vertical end post Whipple's (even if we exclude the in-storage Mead Avenue Bridge) is at least four including this one. The others that come to mind are: Riverside Avenue Bridge in CT, Ellis Bridge in Ohio, Dunnville Bottoms Bridge in Wisconsin.

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted August 23, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great find Michael! Love the Ribbon-lacing of the lower chord!

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted August 23, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


You're on quite a roll, wow! This it the third vertical endpost Whipple known to still exist in the US and the oldest! One each: Phoenix Column, Keystone Column and cast iron column!

Very cool!


Art S.

Pulp Mill Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted August 23, 2017, by Dana

Another day another 1860's bridge..Did I really just say that? Think Roberts WOW just WOW is appropriate .

Posted August 23, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is another significant Coös County Bridge. This is quite early for a fully riveted truss bridge, a testament to the innovative nature of the Boston Bridge Works. Its certainly among the oldest riveted bridges nationally. Its also a very early (oldest extant?) example of a Baltimore truss. Tied together, these two facts make this bridge historically and technologically significant.

Aside from that though, its quite a visually appeasing bridge. All members are built up boxes on the truss web, giving it a airy and intricate look. Given the light traffic of the NHCR this bridge should be safe for the time being

Posted August 23, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you all! I too share the amazement in these finds, especially since they had managed to evade any sort of historical documentation over the years. These bridges are incredibly significant on a state, regional, and national level, so it still shocks me that no one knew about them!

Coös County turned out to be quite a treat, as there were several significant undocumented bridges aside from the already documented, but noteworthy, ones. Its a good reminder that not all the good bridges have been documented yet...There are still treasures to be had :)

Posted August 22, 2017, by John Marvig

I guess I now have a reason to visit New Hampshire. The 3 railroad trusses near this location are absolutely gorgeous. Nice work!!!

Posted August 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Michael, Got to say YOU ROCK DUDE! Awesome survivor , 1869 bridges don't get found every day!

Posted August 22, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

WOW! Just WOW! Yes, this one is going on the bucket list!

Posted August 22, 2017, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


That's a hell of a find! Thanks for posting!


Art S.

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted July 8, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm feeling nauseous...

Lilac Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted July 8, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another success for New Hampshire's war on the legacy of John Storrs. With this we're pretty much down to the Anna Hunt, which will be coming up for replacement in the next few years

Given how things are going I'm getting much less optimistic about the possibility of preservation.

This is a loss on several other levels, as an increasingly rare multi-span through truss, a rare product of the American Bridge/United Bridge duo, and as a survivor (2/3rds anyways) of the flood of 1936.

Posted July 4, 2017, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hadn't realized anyone had added this here.

Some may have interest in these followups -

Posted May 28, 2017, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Replaced with a modern galvanized truss bridge. Visited the new bridge last week. It's proponents claim it will preserve the historic character of the West Henniker enclave. The Granite State is rapidly depleting its inventory of heritage iron and steel truss bridges, listed in the Lichenstein Report. But there is not any real public support for this bridge type.

Suncook River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted April 28, 2017, by Kayla Bourassa (KB [dot] bourassa [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My grandfather took that photo!

Nutting Road Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted April 18, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

And a very nice one at that!

Nutting Road Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted April 18, 2017, by Anonymous

A 2 smoot Bridge!

Posted March 19, 2017, by Steve LaBonte (mv_jct [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Ceiling looking west.

Posted March 19, 2017, by Steve LaBonte (mv_jct [at] yahoo [dot] com)

West Face April 2016

Posted March 7, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like the pin migrated north of where it should be. This bridge was located adjacent to the stone arch railroad bridge, and was replaced in 1930 by the Vilas Bridge. Thus it belongs in both Chesire County NH and Windham County, VT.

Here's a picture I found showing its location, you can see the arch rings of the railroad bridge in the backround.

Posted February 25, 2017, by Billy Sargent (pemigewasset [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ah, the good ol' Live No More Falls Bridge! I do not contest the liability, but what makes it more an issue now? I cannot believe that jumping from the bridge is a new sport- I doubt it was new when the bridge was closed two thirds of a century ago, I doubt it was unheard of when it was new 130+ years ago! Being a mite afeared of heights, I never went on the bridge myself, but it was always a pleasant swimming hole & fine place to observe the bevy of cutie beauties, local & student alike taking the sun & enjoying the fresh air.

Fun fact: In Playboy's first top ten party college picks, appearing in the October '87 issue, Plymouth State was honoured. The mill ruins were the site of the photo shoot. I can't recall if the bridge was in the background or not...

Posted February 25, 2017, by Billy Sargent (pemigewasset [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You might consider adding the PVRR- Pemigewasset Valley Rail Road (aka pumkin vine RR) as a user. Pop grew up on Winter St in Plymouth, next door to section boss Rob Woodard. I haven't heard the stories in a while, so I'm fuzzy on where the PVRR ran, but I'm fair certain it partnered with B&M somehow. I think they must have run on the line past Livermore Falls & over the buttermilk rapids this bridge spans.

Posted February 17, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge continues to be at threat for demolition, with the timetable being moved up on replacing this and its counterpart span, with construction tenativley projected for 2019-2022. This project has been moving back and forth on timing, so nothing set in stone yet.

The good news is that the new bridge will be on a completely different alignment, and at least the possibility of retaining this span for pedestrian use is on the table. This should absolutely happen, given the important historic nature of this bridge (top among them is that its one of the last Storrs designed spans left in NH)

Also noted in the article that the Vilas Bridge, a spectacular 2 span open-spandrel arch upstream, is not getting a rehabilitation anytime soon (if ever).

Posted February 10, 2017, by Luke

Also a really nice find!

Bath Bridge 29-05-03 (New Hampshire)
Posted January 12, 2017, by Michael Norris (guardian1 [at] iprimus [dot] com [dot] au)

Does anyone know if there was any existing interior lighting within the covered bridge prior to the recent rehabilitation, and if there was, was it replaced or repaired?

If no existing lighting, then does anyone know if any interior lighting was installed at or around the time of the most recent rehabilitation, and if so, what date, and does it have sensor or timer to trigger its operation?

Posted December 30, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pictures 10-12 are not if this bridge, but the close by one over the Wells River

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 8, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I'm not calling the people stupid, but instead the concept. (Replace vehicular truss bridge with pedestrian bridge). Perhaps "misguided" is a more diplomatic term? That is often the case, many times due to consulting engineers who quickly condemn an existing historic bridge and then eagerly try to sell a replacement span.

As far as having bridgehunter folks help with advocacy that is something that would be immensely helpful, but sadly most people who contribute here don't seem to have interest in doing that sort of thing (although a few do and their efforts are much appreciated and extremely valuable).

For myself, I participated as a consulting party under Section 106 for a premier work of Storrs in New Hampshire, the Sewalls Falls Bridge and in that capacity, I contributed both my knowledge of historic bridge rehabilitation, and the importance of preserving the bridge, perhaps in a new location. As you can see, the outcome was not good, and the bridge is now being turned into soup cans.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 8, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm miffed I never got to visit this one. I love the Storrs spans (and this was the only one that was a Warren pattern), as well as it being a production of the United Construction/ American Bridge Co. (which are also becoming endangered).

Now onto the fact that the replacement is a non-authentic covered Pratt truss. Being from Vermont and having grown up loving covered spans I understand the appeal of them. The fact is that most normal people *like* covered bridges. Even as far back as the 40's and 50's there was an interest in wooden spans that metal ones have never seen. They remind us of a past (real or imagined) that is agrarian and simple. They're preserved and promoted because people like them, and the people who get elected to offices (whether it be Town Boards or state government) represent that (say nothing for the tourist factor).

If we want to save these bridges, we need to inspire a similar love for metal bridges. Communities everywhere have saved (or tried to save) their metal spans (just look up the Shelburne NH with the Meadows bridge. The community wants it but can't afford to restore it). Maybe we need a bridgehunter outreach program to at least make sure people know that the old rusted bridge in their town is a historical gem worth fighting for. How many people stopped to consider that this bridge was an important piece of transportation history designed by an important NH engineer? It might not have saved this on per se, but we need to try something else. Calling them "stupid" for their preferences on forum posts certainly won't get us anywhere.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

...Wait... upon further inspection of the Facebook page, it almost looks like the HISTORIC vehicle-capable truss bridge was replaced with a FOOTBRIDGE?! Please tell me I am misreading something. Please tell me the replacement bridge is at least two lanes wide to support heavy truck traffic or something. Because if they replaced a historic vehicular truss with a footbridge that would move this project into a special, highly exclusive category of stupid.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It is truly sad (and stupid) to see a historic metal truss bridge demolished. It is profoundly disgusting to see contractors, crane operators, engineers, etc. go through the the effort (and substantial cost to taxpayers) to engineer a non-destructive lift of a truss span, and to simply cut the bridge up for scrap afterwards. If you have gone through the trouble to pick the bridge, then SAVE THE BRIDGE afterwards! If nothing else, place it in a park as a non-functional exhibit! Don't waste everyone's time and money doing a pick like this only to scrap it out and ship it to China to be turned into soup cans!

Perhaps the "Friends" of this bridge are in league with the "Friends" of Schell Bridge?

I have never seen a state so focused on erasing the memory of one of its most notable in-state bridge engineers. A huge thank-you to Jim Garvin, I have no doubt all Storrs bridges would have been eradicated otherwise, leaving not a trace.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I see no reason why these people should have the word "Friends" in their title... "Confused" would be more appropriate!

Makes me want to lean down and hug the subject of this photo, as always Courtesy of Todd Baslee.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 7, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The comments in Mr. Mitchell's link are quite interesting. The locals are understandably proud of the covered bridge that was moved here. It is a nice looking bridge, no doubt about it. I have gone out of my way to visit a few historic covered bridges, and I am sure that I will do so again. The locals should be proud of the installation of the bridge. Yet, the old truss would have looked nice with some repair and a coat of paint as well.

My home state of Kansas no longer has any covered bridges as the last one burned in 1958. Perhaps that is why I came to appreciate the complexities of the wrought iron and steel bridges that I saw as a youngster. Discovering 1880s and 1890s wrought iron, pin connected bridges was always fun. Someday, Americans may have the same appreciation for metal truss bridges as they do for covered bridges. We are starting to see some appreciation for them out here.

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted December 7, 2016, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sad to say, but Will Truax may be right. I believe when this is all over, one Storrs Bridge has been set aside, in Henniker, NH. This was due largely to the efforts of Dr. Jim Garvin. Most truss bridges are being systematically removed. An appreciation for this bridge type never evolved in NH, unlike in neighboring Vermont. The effort to save these structure started with the late John Moore and continued through people including John Summers and Dr. Jim Garvin. We were never able to make headway.

NH is a unique state. Both parties attack heritage bridge preservation but for different reasons. One characterizes the preservation efforts as boondoggles. This was seen with Mitt Romney's "Bridge-to-Nowhere" press conference in Hillsborough. The other side works for the replaced of such spans as renewing our infrastructure. This is seen in Sen Jeanne Shaheen and Rep Anne Kuster's press conference at the site of the then soon to be replaced Seawalls Falls Bridge.

The future shows no breaking from this trend. Bridge lovers are advised to look to Vermont for surviving iron and steel heritage spans. NH does better with covered bridges, as new replicas are being built to supplement the existing examples.


Posted November 27, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV (LNER4472 [at] verizon [dot] net)

For details of the bridge's removal and replacement, see

Posted November 10, 2016, by Tom Boggs (boggsmack67 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

So, was it even necessary to add a temporary modern bridge to site dedicated to historic bridges?

Kinda waters things down unfortunately!

Posted November 10, 2016, by Randy Needham (RNeedham [at] Acrow [dot] com)

It certainly was an Acrow Bridge. I work for Acrow. Here's a link to the case history on our website:

Posted November 4, 2016, by Stephen LaBonte (mv_jct [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is known locally as Black Bridge.

Former Railroad operator was the Boston and Maine Railroad. Current operator in 2016 is Pan Am Railways.

Posted September 15, 2016, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge also looks like it was replaced.


Ellis River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted September 15, 2016, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge looks pretty new. Maybe a replacement bridge?


Posted September 7, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Classic Holth at it's finest!

Posted September 7, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

You might have a bit of a time setting that contraption up without arousing suspicion Nathan. You should know that folks up in these parts try to look out for our covered bridges ;)

Posted September 7, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Blow Me Down Bridge? Really? OK! We can do that...

Posted August 25, 2016, by Dan Schoenherr (htis2008 [at] gmail [dot] com)

As of this week it is stuck in the "up" position until final demolition. Per the demands of the US Coast Guard-insofar as it had failed in the down position and navigation takes precedence.

Curiously no mention was made of the lost potential for re-use as was described below.

Before the I-95 bridge was completed the two lift bridges in Portsmouth were capable of traffic backups halfway down to Massachusetts on a summer weekend.

Outside of the scope of this website one of the largest pre-nuclear detonations in the history of the human race took place in 1905 here to improve this waterway.

Milford Swing Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted June 16, 2016, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

I'd known about this bridge for a while, and had just assumed it was listed here. So imagine my surprise when I was planning a work trip through the region and couldn't find it! An 1889 Berlin Iron Bridge Co. suspension bridge still in service that had been flying under the BH radar...I'm very happy to get to add this for all to enjoy!

It looks like this bridge is going to need some repairs in the coming's hoping that the community supports this significant treasure:

Baker River Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted June 10, 2016, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

I agree completely.

Even the hundreds of primary reports filed from that bridge do not make it historic.

Sadly, it is almost as if the remaining Storrs spans have been targeted for removal.

Posted June 9, 2016, by steve Lindsey (steveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My rejoinder to the Friends of Wentworth Parks and Recreation's plan to replace the 1909 steel trust bridge with one salvaged from the Wayarer Inn project. Letter in the NH Sunday News, March 2015.


March 29, 2015 ·

My letter in today's Sunday News.

What is historic?

I read with interest the attempt to salvage and repurpose the “historic” the Wayfarer Hotel foot bridge ( See: Future of historic John Goffe’s Mill bridge uncertain, March 22.) I am left wondering what is historic.

After reading the article, the only historic bridge mentioned was the old 1909 Baker River Bridge now serving as a foot bridge in Wentworth. It is a riveted steel truss bridge with elaborate steel railings. It alone is eligible for the National Trust of Preservation’s historic places designation.

Will someone explain to me why the Wayfarer bridge is historic. Did a famous politician smoke a camel on it after a press conference? Did a celebrity vomit, after drinking too many gin and tonics into the dappled water below?

The old truss Baker River bridge is to be removed this summer. That is keeping with the lack of support for saving iron and steel truss bridges in New Hampshire. Unlike Vermont, Texas, Ohio. Of course the NHDOT is going to remove it.

But please don’t call the replacement Wayfarer span “historic.” Especially since they are going to add a faux covered bridge shell to it. Trot out the Wayfarer span’s use as recycling and in keeping with sustainability canards if you must. But let’s keep this intellectually honest. Avoid diluting the meaning of the word “historic.”

Steve Lindsey

Posted June 9, 2016, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Locals plan to replace the 1909 bridge with a footbridge salvaged from the Wayarer Inn, famous for hosting events during New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary.

From the state-wide newspaper:

Posted June 7, 2016, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A yob jumps from the Livermore Falls Bridge, illustrating in the social media ( of of several ) that it has become a liability issue.

Also shows some good footage of the bridgework if you can forgive the young man's bad judgement.


Posted June 7, 2016, by Steve Lindsey (steveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The liability issue that dooms many heritage sites across New Hampshire. The site is a magnet for Plymouth State University students.

My letter in the May 26 edition of the state newspaper, The Union Leader.

Make Henniker a bridge sanctuary

To the Editor: I read with interest the fate of Hooksett’s Lilac Bridge.

New Hampshire has done a boffo of a job removing its last historic steel and iron bridges. This feat will be complete when the Livermore Falls Pumpkinseed Bridge ruin is finally removed, for liability reasons.

Perhaps a few heritage spans should be left for future generations. The remaining steel truss bridges of Henniker should be set aside. Maybe Henniker can remain the one place left in the Granite State as a sanctuary for a once common bridge type?

This is something to consider.



- See more at:

Posted June 7, 2016, by Steve Lindsey (SteveLindsey60 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My letter in the state's newspaper, the Union Leader. Unfortunately buried deep within the paper with other letters reviling Trump, Hilary. Unfortunately NH and the NHDOT has an abysmal record preserving heritage spans perhaps topped only by PennDot. This is a plea for the town of Henniker to become a historic bridge sanctuary. Apparently even this is too much for the Granite State.

See: Make Henniker a bridge sanctuary

To the Editor: I read with interest the fate of Hooksett’s Lilac Bridge.

New Hampshire has done a boffo of a job removing its last historic steel and iron bridges. This feat will be complete when the Livermore Falls Pumpkinseed Bridge ruin is finally removed, for liability reasons.

Perhaps a few heritage spans should be left for future generations. The remaining steel truss bridges of Henniker should be set aside. Maybe Henniker can remain the one place left in the Granite State as a sanctuary for a once common bridge type?

This is something to consider.



- See more at:

Pingree Bridge (New Hampshire)
Posted June 7, 2016, by Michael Quiet (MQuiet [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Found some pictures of the bridge in its original location while still in service for vehicular traffic. Its a real shame the builders plaques didn't survive the rehab...they were in great condition.

Posted June 5, 2016, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

Looks like a replacement, too. No bridge there now.

Posted May 26, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to hear of state support for preservation... Even better if they can follow that up with some $$$.