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Rowell's Covered Bridge 29-07-08


Rowell's Covered Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009


BH Photo #147514

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Covered bridge over Contoocook River on West Hopkinton Road (Clement Hill Rd) in Hopkinton
Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Open to traffic
Built 1853; rehabilitated 1996
- Horace Childs
Long through truss bridge with arch reinforcements.
Length of largest span: 155.8 ft.
Total length: 169.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.19256, -71.74865   (decimal degrees)
43°11'33" N, 71°44'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/276657/4785866 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76000129 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
NH #9 (New Hampshire bridge number)
WGCB 29-07-08 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 24988 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 17, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • November 13, 2015: New photos from Mike Garland
  • September 11, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 30, 2011: Updated by Will: Added information, corrected truss type
  • October 12, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is know as Rowell's Bridge; Added NRHP info


  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Richard Doody


Rowell's Covered Bridge 29-07-08
Posted April 22, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Would better be described as a Moron Attack.

Rowell's Covered Bridge 29-07-08
Posted April 22, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Rowell's Bridge
Posted May 3, 2011, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes this was formerly a "village bridge". Not sure when the cantilevered floor beams were removed, or why the choice not to put them back in.

Interestingly there was another one there in town, in Contoocook Village, just upstream from the RR Bridge. Also a Long with double sidewalks.

Interestingly it was removed the year before this photo was taken. Though photos suggest it was healthy and sound, it was replaced in ' 35 in a WPA makework project.

In ultimate irony, had it not been both bridges would likely have been lost. With the weight of another bridge against it, as well as the additional water this would have backed up, the rails may well have let go and the RR bridge would maybe not have been righted. Flooding would tip it again two years later.

Rowell's Bridge
Posted April 30, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I had read one time where this bridge originally had walkways on both sides of it that were removed..... Explains the peculiar looking overhang of the roof.