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Enfield-Suffield Covered Bridge

Photo 

Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #416645

Map 

Description 

Replaced the original bridge at this site, built c. 1808, that was the first bridge crossing the Connecticut River in Connecticut. This first bridge collapsed in 1821. The new bridge, a Town Lattice of six spans, was built in 1832 financed by lottery. In April, 1896, it was declared unsafe and closed. A freshet in February, 1900 carried away three spans. Around 1903 the Southern New England Telephone company dynamited the remaining three spans and used the piers to run a telephone line across the river.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Connecticut River and Enfield Canal.
Location
Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
Status
Destroyed by flooding; not replaced
History
Built 1832; closed 1896; destroyed by flood 1900
Design
Town lattice through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 1,000.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.97501, -72.60607   (decimal degrees)
41°58'30" N, 72°36'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/698343/4649774 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Broad Brook
Inventory number
BH 80160 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2019: Updated by Chester Gehman: Corrected historical errors; added description.
  • January 19, 2018: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com