Rowell's Bridge, Hopkingon, NH

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Len Bomba

South Ogden, United States

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Corrected Posting: I had originally posted this image and erroneously titled it Bement Bridge, Bradford, NH. I later realized that I had mixed up two bridges. Sorry for the confusion.

This is the Rowell’s Bridge in Hopkington, NH. Built in 1853 at an original cost of $300.25, it is constructed using a combination of Long Truss with Burr Arches. The bridge was built by _Horace Childs of Henniker with the help of his brothers Enoch and Warren. The Burr type construction is unusual in that solid timber arches are fitted end to end and bolted to the side timbers to form the basic design. Most arches in other designs are laminated.

A short time after it was constructed, a herd of cattle, driven faster than they should have been, moved the bridge off its abutments. The structure was brought back and securely fastened in place. Around 1930, a central pier was placed under the structure to strengthen the bridge, but under heavy loading, the bridge teetered. The top of the pier was removed and the bridge was found to function adequately without it. The structure was rebuilt by the state in 1965 at a cost of $9,521. It was rehabilitated in June of 1982 by the state for a cost of $9,000. The Antiquarian Society in Hopkinton has a demonstration model of a Long truss on display. The Rowell’s Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy! Photograghed March 31, 2009. Enjoy! Comments and critiques most welcome. Len

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