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Stark Covered Bridge 29-04-05


Stark Bridge 1

West side of bridge from south

Photo taken by Frank Danberg in July 2009

BH Photo #143763


Street View 


Paddleford truss bridge over Upper Ammonoosuc River on North or Northside Road (off of SR 110) in Stark
Stark, Coos County, New Hampshire
Open to traffic
Built 1862; Washed off abutments and restored c.1890's, Rehabilitated/stringers added 1954
Covered Paddleford through truss
Length of largest span: 61.5 ft.
Total length: 134.1 ft.
Deck width: 29.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1980
Also called
Stark Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.60111, -71.40823   (decimal degrees)
44°36'04" N, 71°24'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/308881/4941461 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80000283 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 43078 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 63.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • October 27, 2017: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • August 25, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • January 29, 2016: New photos from Mike Garland
  • October 31, 2014: Updated by Will Truax: Updated to reflect temp status
  • October 21, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • September 11, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 16, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is listed on the National Register; added GPS coordinates
  • July 28, 2009: Added by Frank Danberg

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Stark Covered Bridge 29-04-05
Posted October 27, 2017, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a fascinating bridge to visit, as this had signs of quite a interesting past. Originally built as a 2 span bridge, when its central pier was washed out in the 1890s it had a arch added and became a single span. It looks like they also rebuilt the truss to make this work, as the compression members in the middle of the bridge were turned around so they would appropriately transfer the load as a single span, instead of being its designed 2 span. When the arch was deleted and the pier re-added in the 50's they re-corrected the compression members, restoring it to a 2 span orientation. You can see signs of this in photos 45, 46, and 47, where empty slots indicate that the diagonal compression members in the middle panels were previously oriented in the opposite direction.

Stark Covered Bridge 29-04-05
Posted September 16, 2015, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Stark Bridge
Posted July 28, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

On the contrary Frank, I think your photos are exceptional! Thank you for posting them.

The Kennedy Family built some "Village bridges" in Indiana, I only wish at least 1 had survived.

Stark Bridge
Posted July 28, 2009, by Frank Danberg

Beautiful bridge in a very beautiful setting. My photos do not do it justice.