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Powder Point Bridge

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Powder Point Bridge, Duxbury, Mass.

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Map 

Description 

Bridge was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest and longest wooden bridge in the world, until it was damaged by fire and completely rebuilt in 1986.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Black River on King Caesar Road
Location
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1892; Damaged by fire 1985; Rebuilt 1986
Builder
- Gurnet Bridge Co.
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 2,200.0 ft. (0.4 mi.)
Also called
Duxbury Bridge
Gurnet Bridge
Black River Bridge
Long Bridge
King Caesar Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.04835, -70.64779   (decimal degrees)
42°02'54" N, 70°38'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/363635/4656457 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Duxbury
Inventory number
BH 66083 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

Comments 

Powder Point Bridge
Posted April 5, 2017, by Anonymous

According to the duxburyfile item referenced under Sources, the bridge in whole was found to be in poor condition at the time of fire damage repair, So the entire bridge was rebuilt bigger and better with new wood more suitable to the wet conditions.

Powder Point Bridge
Posted April 5, 2017, by Bob (turn74 [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Description

Bridge was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest and longest wooden bridge in the world, until it was damaged by fire and completely rebuilt in 1986."

Wrong. Bridge was partially damaged by fire but only partially. A small section. Bridge was closed throughout 1986.