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Milford Swing Bridge

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Milford Swing Bridge

West approach

Photo taken by Michael Quiet in June 2016

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Description 

This is an attractive swinging bridge fabricated by the regionally important bridge manufacturer, the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. While known for their patented Lenticular trusses, the company also made several suspension bridges, for both pedestrian and highway use.

This example is a highly ornate one, complete with a elegant builders plaque, portal cresting, and finials giving this bridge a very striking appearance. The structure retains a good amount of historical integrity, with no major alterations to be found. The stiffening truss is original, with some rivets being replaced with bolts, but otherwise in good order. The structure rests on original irregular stone piers.

As such, this bridge is both historically and technologically significant, as both a production on an prolific bridge manufacturer but also as a example of a 19th century suspension bridge and thus is certainly entitled to continued preservation efforts.

Facts 

Overview
Wire suspension bridge over Souhegan River on Pedestrian walkway
Location
Milford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1889 by Berlin Iron Bridge Co; Rehabilitated 1975
Builder
- Berlin Iron Bridge Co. of East Berlin, Connecticut
Design
Wrought iron wire/cable suspension
Dimensions
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.83655, -71.64566   (decimal degrees)
42°50'12" N, 71°38'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/283780/4746059 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 72508 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 16, 2016: New Street View added by Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 16, 2016: Added by Michael Quiet

Sources 

  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Milford Swing Bridge
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.

Milford Swing Bridge
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 years...here's hoping that the community supports this significant treasure:

http://www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1071264-308/milfo...