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Covered Bridges of the White Mountains

Covered bridges in the White Mountains are an integral part of the landscape and a place to wait out a summer shower or steal a kiss or watch raging river waters swollen by the melting winter snows.

Covered Bridges were often called "courting bridges." Their distinctive shapes form a signature for New Hampshire. Why the first covered bridges were built has been obscured by time. Some say that horses were more comfortable crossing an enclosed span than an open trestle. Others point to the fact that a bridge lasts longer if its heavy timbers are protected.

Certainly monetary considerations came into play: the first covered bridges were toll bridges. One bridge in Lebanon (now gone) was so profitable for its owner, that it provided a 70% annual return on the investment in the 1870's!

Covered bridges consist of a roadway supported on each side by a wooden truss and a roof. The frame, made of heavy timbers called chords, is made of two high walls that span the stream with cross timbers top and bottom for the ceiling, floor and foundation. The chords were connected with trusses. Tree nails, called trunnels, made of hardwood hold the bridge together.

Truss designs varied. Many bridges in the White Mountains utilize paddleford trusses, which were originated by Peter Paddleford of Littleton, New Hampshire. Each covered bridge is unique and holds many special and scenic features.

Listed below are selected Covered Bridges located here in the White Mountains.
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Albany Covered Bridge

Albany Covered Bridge
Length: 120 feet • Built: 1858
Albany -- No. of Kancamagus Highway, 6 miles West of Conway on Dugway Rd.
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Bartlett Covered Bridge
Length: 167 feet • Built: 1851
Bartlett -- West of Route 302, 4.5 miles East of Bartlett.
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 Bath Covered Bridge


Bath Covered Bridge
Length: 4 span, 375 feet • Built: 1832
Bath -- West of Route 302 on Pettyboro Road.
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Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge

Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge
Length: 2 span, 256 feet • Built: 1829
Haverhill -- Route 135, .25 mile North of Route 302 at Woodsville.
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Blair Covered Bridge

Blair Covered Bridge
Length: 293 feet • Built: 1869
Campton -- East of Route 3, 2 miles North of Livermore Falls on Blair Road.
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Bump Covered Bridge
Length: 68 feet • Built: 1972
Campton -- 1 mile East of Route 175 on Bump Road at Campton Hollow.
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Clark's Covered Bridge

Clark's Trading Post Covered Bridge
Length: 116 feet • Built: 1904
Lincoln -- Located at Clark's Trading Post, along Route 3.
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 Columbia Covered Bridge


Columbia Covered Bridge
Length: 146 feet • Built: 1912
Columbia/Lemington, VT -- West of Route 3, 4 miles south of Colebrook Village.
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Durgin Covered Bridge

Durgin Covered Bridge
Length: 96 feet • Built: 1869
Sandwich -- 1.5 miles North of Rt. 113, 2 miles East of N. Sandwich on Durgin Rd.
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Flume Covered Bridge

Flume Covered Bridge
Length: 50 feet • Built: 1871
Lincoln -- East of Route 3 at the Flume Gorge.
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Groveton Covered Bridge 


Groveton Covered Bridge
Length: 126 feet • Built: 1852
Northumberland -- East of Route 3 in the village of Groveton.
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Happy Corner Covered Bridge
Length: 61 feet • Built: mid 1800's
Pittsburg -- 200 yards East of Rt. 3, 6 miles north of Pittsburg Village on Hill Rd.
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Jackson Covered Bridge 


Honeymoon Covered Bridge
Length: 121 feet • Built: 1876
Jackson -- At the intersection of Route 16 and 16A on Village Street.
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Jack O'Lantern Covered Bridge

Jack O' Lantern Covered Bridge
Length: 76 feet • Built: 1986
Woodstock -- Route 3, .25 mile South of Exit 30 off I-93.
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Littleton Covered Bridge

Littleton Covered Bridge
Length: 300 feet • Built: 2004
Littleton -- Off Main Street, next to the Littleton Grist Mill & Miller's Café.
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Lost River Covered Bridge

Lost River Allen Hollis Covered Bridge
Length: 41 feet • Built: 1981
North Woodstock -- Off Route 112W, located at Lost River Gorge.
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Mechanic Street Covered Bridge
Length: 94 feet • Built: 1862
Lancaster -- East of Route 2 and 3 on Mechanic Street.
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Mount Orne Covered Bridge
Length: 2 span, 266 feet • Built: 1911
Lancaster/Lunenburg, VT -- West of Route 135 on South Lancaster Road west of Lancaster Village.
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Pittsburg-Clarksville Covered Bridge
Length: 89 feet • Built: 1876
Pittsburg/Clarksville -- South of Route 3, on Bacon Road.
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River Road Covered Bridge
Length: 51 feet • Built: 1858
Pittsburg -- 7 miles North and 1 mile East of Route 3 on the road to Lake Francis State Park.
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Saco River Covered Bridge

Saco River Covered Bridge
Length: 2 span, 225 feet • Built: 1890
Conway -- .25 mile North of Route 16.
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Sentinel Covered Bridge

Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge
Length: 61 feet • Built: 1939
Lincoln -- East of Route 3 in the Flume Gorge.
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Smith Millennium Covered Bridge
Length: 171 feet • Built: 2001 (rebuilt)
Plymouth -- .5 mile North of Rt. 3A, 2.5 miles west of Plymouth on Smith Bridge Rd.
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Squam River Covered Bridge
Length: 61 feet • Built: 1990
Ashland -- Off Route 3 on River Street.
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Stark Covered Bridge

Stark Covered Bridge
Length: 2 span, 134 feet • Built: 1862
Stark -- Northwest of Route 10 on North Road.
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 Swift River Covered Bridge


Swift River Covered Bridge
Length: 129 feet • Built: 1870
Conway -- .5 mile north of Route 16.
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Swiftwater Covered Bridge

Swiftwater Covered Bridge
Length: 158 feet • Built: 1849
Bath -- North of Route 112 on Vaslley Road in Bath.
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Turkey Jim's Covered Bridge
Length: 60 feet • Built: 1958 (rebuilt)
Campton -- On Old Stephans Road. Just east of Route 3 and North of Route 49.
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Whittier Covered Bridge
Length: 132 feet • Built: 1870
Ossipee -- West of Rt. 16, on small road which is used to connect Rt. 16 & Rt. 25.
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