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Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge


East side of river

Photo taken by Royce and Bobette Haley in May 2015


BH Photo #334088



Name of road and that it was a through truss is from anecdotal information.


Lost Through truss bridge over Merrimack River on Goffs Falls Road
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Removed but not replaced
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.93440, -71.45596   (decimal degrees)
42°56'04" N, 71°27'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/299601/4756457 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manchester South
Inventory number
BH 68770 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2015: Added by Royce and Bobette Haley


  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge
Posted July 20, 2018, by Steve LaBonte (mvjct58 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My conclusion at first is this was a pipeline crossing. It may have been a foot bridge. This is about 500 feet downstream to the railroad bridge. I'm not sure if it aligns with Moore's Crossing Road.

Something to consider is that Pine Island Pond was an outflow to Lake Massabesic and there still is a Dam on it and the was a mill on the Cohas Brook just up from on its out fall to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is a drinking water source so was this a fresh water source to the Bedford side of the river?

Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge
Posted August 4, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Until I see them I can't make an educated guess, it is possible they could have served a brief pedestrian crossing, the reason Moore's Crossing had a sidewalk was because there was no room on the Goff's Falls side for a train to stop at the station, passengers would disembark on the Bedford side and walk to the station - Placed to serve Pine Island Park.

The person tp ask would be Dick Roy, (you linked to some of his photos recently) his knowledge and photo library are extensive, and he lives right there in the city.

Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Don Morrison

This atlas from 1877 appears to show a bridge there. It also shows the railroad nearby to be Concord Railroad.


Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Ian Martin

I don't know, I think I'm stumped for the moment. Oldest aerial I can find is 1947, and it shows the same concrete remnants in the current photos. It also doesn't show up on any topo maps going back to 1900, but given the concrete construction on the abutments I would say that it's likely a 20th-century construction. If I had to guess, I would say it was a short-lived pedestrian bridge (connecting Pine Island Park to Bedford?) that was either too small to chart on a topo or was created and destroyed before it could ever be mapped by USGS.

Merrimack River Goffs Falls Road Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Your shot?

I should know, I have deep connections to Goffs Falls, the no longer really existing borough of the city, (a city with many sets of empty piers and abutments) but it's been thirty years since I walked this part of the riverbank.

DS of the RR bridge? Separated by what distance?