5-Span Stone Bridge by George Cousins

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The beautiful and very unique 5-span stone bridge is the only one of it’s kind in North America, and is located at the north end of Packenham Village in eastern Ontario, Canada.It was built in 1901 by Scottish stone masons, and crosses the Mississippi River and rapids. (This is in the Township of Mississippi, in Lanark County)
It’s believed to be the only one of its kind in the world outside Russia. It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and only 25 feet wide.The largest stone used in construction weighs 5 tonnes.

There is a plaque or historic sign which describes the bridge, which can be viewed at this site under the heading Historical Plaques of Lanark County

and scroll down to Historic Sign No. 8.

June 11, 2007 Sony DSCF828 camera

Featured in Rural Canada Coast to Coast Pre-1960’s
Featured in Rural Canada Coast to Coast Pre-1960’s (Second time, Sept. 24, 2010)


  • Humanitarian artist
    Humanitarian a...almost 6 years ago

    Beautiful ar work bravo

  • Thank you Alan, much appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 6 years ago

    There’s a nice summer scene for ya.
    And a bit of history to boot.
    Good work all around, George.

  • Thanks Stan. Heard about it years ago but never managed to see it.Lovely countryside around there too.

    – George Cousins

  • mazzfarrell
    mazzfarrellalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverabout 5 years ago

    beautiful capture.

  • Thanks Janie, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shot of this lovely bridge, George! At first glance, I thought it was taken in Scotland, but after reading your info, I see it’s just up the road from me! Will have to check it out this summer.

  • Hi Mike..yes, it’s a beautiful area, not only the bridge but the village and surrounding countryside. I’d heard of it,it’s a little off to the side of Hwy.17, but we were visiting Arnprior and it’s just a short hop from there.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Been “up the Prior”, but it’s been quite a few years. May have even seen this bridge! Worth a re-visit, for sure.

  • Kerri Gallagher
    Kerri Gallagherover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Kerri, I’m honoured!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature George, I guess I am a bit behind here, I thought this was a whole new set of 6 since I got one today, but I think they just featured mine :-))) LOL

  • Thanks again Vickie, but there’s something odd going on. If you hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known it was Featured, or the other one either. Nothing has shown up on the “Featured in a Group” for either of them, though you are there twice,along with Blair, Larry and Mike and a couple I haven’t met yet. I’ve had that happen before, maybe something to do with the posting of Features? I don’t know the mechanism involved :)

    – George Cousins

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 4 years ago

    Should have mentioned, the banner announcement for this one has appeared (just above here) but there was none for the other photo, and neither one were listed in the “Featured to a Group”. Without being in that latter place, it would be hard to know when anything was featured unless someone like you made a comment.

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