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B&M - Penacook Upper Covered Bridge


Lost Town lattice through truss bridge over Contoocook River on Boston & Maine Railroad
Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1867; Replaced 1921
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
Town lattice through truss
Span length: 112.0 ft.
Total length: 112.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.28879, -71.59111   (decimal degrees)
43°17'20" N, 71°35'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/289790/4796145 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 71425 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 19, 2016: Updated by Luke: Refined information

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B&M - Penacook Upper Covered Bridge
Posted March 20, 2016, by Will (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Lots of layers to this onionskin, the spot is/was ripe with bridges, both RR and highway, with a succession of losses to highwater. The highway bridges were often owned/built by two different jurisdictions with the town line running down the middle of the island. Losses and replacement were not always concurrent - No pun intended.

Wooden RR spans were sometimes saved by leaving loaded cars in them in anticipation.

B&M - Penacook Upper Covered Bridge
Posted March 19, 2016, by Luke

And, after giving LostBridges another look, I found a duplicate entry for the bridge, which has the type (Town), build/loss dates, and a postcard.

B&M - Penacook Upper Covered Bridge
Posted March 19, 2016, by Luke

Royce mentions a 1920 replacement date on the entry for the successor bridge, so that's where the replacement date came from.

I've not found record of the upper being a Childs, I must have been looking at the wrong LostBridges page when adding it, considering that LostBridges doesn't have info on The Upper Bridge's type either. I'll change it to the generic "Through Truss" right away.

B&M - Penacook Upper Covered Bridge
Posted March 19, 2016, by Will (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Luke -

Have you found record that the Upper was a Childs or lost in '20?

Childs are a particular area of interest for me and I'm familiar with the Penacook village in Concord and the town of Boscowen and I've not found the whats and whens for this one.