Skip to main content

Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge

Heading north on NH State Route 10 from Keene is the Cheshire County town of Gilsum. Chartered in 1763 to the Gilbert and Sumner families, one of the things that Gilsum is best known for is its stone arch bridge over the Ashuelot River, which was built in 1863 without the use of mortar. With an arch that averages 36'-6" above the river, the Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge has the highest vault of any dry laid bridge in the State of New Hampshire.

A historical plaque greets visitors to the bridge and gives a little background about its history.

View of the bridge from the western bank of the Ashuelot River, which gives you a good idea of the height of the bridge.

Another view of the bridge that crosses the Ashuelot. I find the arch to be rather impressive.
View of Surry Rd., which is the thoroughfare that the bridge carries in modern times. At the end of Surry Rd. is NH 10.

View of the Ashuelot River gorge, looking south from the bridge.

View of the Ashuelot River gorge, looking north from the bridge.


Gilsum is also home of the Gilsum Rock Swap and is the town where the mother of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith, was born.

Sources and Links:
Bridgehunter - Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge 
Roadside History: Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge
American Whitewater - Ashuelot River
Gilsum Recreation Committee - Town of Gilsum, New Hampshire 
Ware Family Association - Gilsum, New Hampshire

How to Get There:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

New River Gorge National River Area To Become A National Park

Great news for those that enjoy National Parks, West Virginia's New River Gorge Region, or West Virginia tourism.  Included within the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed by President Trump last night (December 27th) is the New River Gorge Park and Preserve Designation Act.   The act will designate the existing New River National River and over 72,000 acres of land within it as a National Park and Preserve. The New River Gorge Bridge will continue to be the centerpiece of the new New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. (Adam Prince, 2007) The river and surrounding land, which was added to the National Park System in 1978, will be our 63rd National Park.   The designation preserves over 7,000 acres as a National Park.  This area will not allow any hunting.  The remaining 65,000 acres of the existing park will be designated as a preserve allowing hunting and fishing. The main attractions to the New River Gorge - whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, mountain bikin

Douglas Memorial Bridge; the ruins of US Route 101 and the Redwood Highway over the Klamath River

Near the village of Klamath in southern Del Norte County, California sits the ruins of Douglas Memorial Bridge which once carried US Route 101 and the Redwood Highway over the Klamath River.  The Douglas Memorial Bridge was a arch concrete span which once crossed the Klamath River.  The Douglas Memorial Bridge was noted for it's unique grizzly bear statues which still adorn the remains of the structure.  Completed in 1926 the Douglas Memorial Bridge was the original alignment of US Route 101 ("US 101") and stood until it was destroyed by the Christmas Floods of 1964.  The Douglas Memorial Bridge is named in honor of G.H. Douglas who was a Assemblyman of the First District of California.  Below the Douglas Memorial Bridge can be seen during it's prime (courtesy bridgehunter ).  Part 1; the history of the Douglas Memorial Bridge The history of what would become US 101/Redwood Highway begins with the approval of the 1909 First State Highway Bond Act .  The First Stat

The Great PA 48 Clearance Sale

It's not often that any department of transportation sells land it purchased.  They are usually in the business of acquiring land for right-of-way.  But in 1982, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation did exactly that.  Offering to buyers land it purchased just 15 years earlier for the never-built Route 48 Expressway. Background: The sale was a result of the 1970s cash crunch the PennDOT experienced.  Many projects were cut back, shelved, or eliminated.  The 'New 48', or the North-South Parkway, which was touted for nearly 20 years as a connection from the industrial Mon Valley to the Turnpike and Monroeville was one of the casualties. In the mid-late 1960s, movement to construct the new highway began with targeting a two-mile stretch of highway from the Route 48 intersection at Lincoln Way in White Oak to US 30 in North Versailles.  The plan was then to continue the highway northwards to Monroeville.  Extension south across the Youghiogheny River and to PA 51 would