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Franklin Pierce University Suspension Bridge


Franklin Pierce University Suspension Bridge

Elevation of western tower, looking north

Photo taken by Nick Boppel in June 2020


BH Photo #473229



There is an abandoned suspension bridge at this location, crossing a small section of the Merrimack River between the back entrance of Franklin Pierce University and a tiny island in the river.

The island that is currently the western terminus of the bridge structure is too small to have ever held any kind of development, so there was likely once a much larger bridge across the main channel of the Merrimack River.

The abandoned suspension structure is derelict and has clearly been unused and unmaintained for many years. Most of the deck has collapsed, although a few metal segments remain, barely connected to the vertical suspenders. Both back spans of the structure are completely gone. The main suspension span appears to be mostly intact, however.

More information about this structure is needed.


Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Merrimack River Back Channel in Manchester
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Derelict/abandoned. Main span mostly intact but backspans completely missing. Deck mostly collapsed.
Wire/cable suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.99647, -71.46888   (decimal degrees)
42°59'47" N, 71°28'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/298749/4763380 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 89104 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 4, 2020: New photos from Nick Boppel
  • April 24, 2020: Added by Nick Boppel


  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com


Franklin Pierce University Suspension Bridge
Posted June 3, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was able to get up to this location today and did get several photos despite some spotty rain showers. Basically, the main span cables and towers are 100% or almost 100% intact, but the back stays on both sides are completely missing, and the deck has almost entirely collapsed. Small fragments of what appears to have been a metal deck remain hanging on for dear life from the vertical suspenders. There are several broken sections of metal pipe that are (barely) connected to the main span cables, so I'm wondering if this used to be a pipeline bridge of some sort. There is still no evidence of a larger/western bridge across the main channel of the river (no abandoned piers or stubs or anything), which only adds to the mystery of this structure since as noted in the description, the western terminus of this bridge is a tiny island far too small to have ever had any kind of development on it.

I will try to get around to uploading my photos tomorrow.

Franklin Pierce University Suspension Bridge
Posted June 3, 2020, by Nick Boppel (nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I am planning to try and get over to this area today and assuming everything goes according to plan I will take a closer look at this "bridge", or at least what's left of it. I have still been unable to find any information whatsoever about the structure or its likely much larger companion structure in any online sources.