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Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge 29-10-02


Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009


BH Photo #147624


Street View 


Covered bridge over Mill Brook on Root Hill Road in Cornish
Cornish, Sullivan County, New Hampshire
Open to traffic
Built 1883 by James Tasker; Rehabilitated 1983
- James Tasker of Claremont, New Hampshire
- Milton Graton Associates (1983 rehabilitation)
Covered Multiple Kingpost through truss
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 7.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 8, 1978
Also called
Dingleton Covered Bridge
Cornish Mills Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.46417, -72.36889   (decimal degrees)
43°27'51" N, 72°22'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/712840/4815724 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Claremont North
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78000221 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 29-10-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 25040 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • August 24, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • July 3, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 28, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • February 15, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • September 11, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 14, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is called the Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • John Loxton
  • Richard Doody


Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge 29-10-02
Posted February 26, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Another article:


Bus driver responsible for damage to historic bridge



CORNISH — The driver of a school bus carrying a varsity girls basketball team from southern Vermont is facing charges after the oversized bus struck and damaged the Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge Friday evening.

Police said Allan Henderson, 67, of Brandon, Vermont could be charged with conduct after an accident and violations for driving an overweight and overheight vehicle across the historic wooden span.

The 78-foot bridge, posted at 12,000 pounds and 7-foot-3 inches clearance, was struck on both ends by the bus.

Police Chief Douglas Hackett said the 2013 Freightliner school bus was carrying the Otter Valley Union High School girls basketball team when the driver became lost and crossed the bridge to turn around.

The bus has a 10-foot-4-inch clearance requirement and has a "curb weight" of 31,000 pounds, Hackett said.

"I think what bothers me here is that they knew there was damage and that they didn't report it. It was extremely well labeled and they ignored that," the chief said.

Shortly after the accident was broadcast Monday on a local television channel, Cornish police received a call from the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union bus transportation department informing police that one of its buses most likely caused the damage to the bridge Friday evening, Hackett said.

The collision smashed through a wooden beam and caused other cosmetic damage to the bridge, built in 1880 by James Tasker of New Hampshire.

Evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle had amber warning strobe lights on it. Pieces of the lights were taken as evidence, police said.

Hackett said he did not know how many students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

He said that while there was a slight chance the overweight bus might have caused the bridge to collapse into the Mill Brook, the driver used poor judgment while crossing the bridge.

"I just don't know why they would even try it. Common sense tells you that the bridge is not meant for a school bus," Hackett said.

Hackett said the town is seeking prices quotes from two bridge repair companies and that an early damage estimate was not available.

RNSU officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge 29-10-02
Posted February 26, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Truck attack (well, actually a school bus!):



A school bus carrying a girls’ basketball team struck and damaged a historic covered bridge in New Hampshire, police said. Cornish Police Chief Doug Hackett said 67-year-old bus driver Allan Henderson of Brandon, Vt., got lost last weekend trying to find Windsor High School in Vermont. The bus carrying the Otter Valley Girls Basketball Team crossed the bridge and tried to turn around. The bridge, posted at 6 tons and 7-foot-3 clearance, was struck on both ends by the bus, which has a 10-by-4 clearance requirement and a curb weight of up to 15 tons. Police said they are investigating a misdemeanor charge of conduct after an accident and two violations. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally constructed in 1882. (AP)