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Sentinel Pine Bridge 29-05-01

Photos 

The Pool and the Flume and Sentinel Pine Bridge, Franconia Notch, White Mts., N.H.

Boston Public Library

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #317054

Map 

Video 

Flume River Gorge - Lincoln, NH - Sentinel Pine Bridge

Flume River Gorge - Lincoln, NH - Sentinel Pine Bridge. June 2013.

Quick clip of the Pemigewasset River from the bridge.

MidnightRico

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Description 

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests built this bridge in 1939 and maintained it until it was transferred to the state in 1948. The tall pine that gave the bridge its name once stood near the rear of the pool as if it were a sentry on guard. The great tree was over ninety feet tall, five feet in diameter, and estimated to be 100 years old when it was blown over in the 1938 hurricane. Workmen took a sixty foot piece of the tree and placed it over the river forty feet above the water just north of the pool. Taking other trees that were blown down,they made the footbridge over the pine to protect and preserve it. The bridge is put together with wooden pegs. The shingles were handmade by John G. Welch and Old Joe Poloquin, who was also known as Indian Joe. The Sentinel Pine Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. - nh.gov (link below)

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Pemigewasset River
Location
Grafton County, New Hampshire
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1939
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
Total length: 60.4 ft.
Deck width: 8.2 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 6.2 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Flume Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09925, -71.67693   (decimal degrees)
44°05'57" N, 71°40'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/285734/4886381 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
WGCB 29-05-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 66256 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2016: New photos from Mike Garland
  • February 24, 2015: New video from Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • nh.gov - Information & photos
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net