The Squam River Covered Bridge (or the Squam Covered Bridge) is located where the Little Squam Lake meets the Squam River in Ashland, New Hampshire. It is a 61 foot bridge that was constructed in 1990 using a Town lattice truss design by the famed covered bridge builders Milton Graton & Son, also of Ashland, New Hampshire. The bridge also features a walkway on the Little Squam Lake side of the bridge, so people who are passing by can admire the scenery of the nearby lake.
The covered bridge replaces a steel and concrete bridge that had been condemned by the State of New Hampshire on River Street in Ashland. After the condemnation, the state proposed building a two lane steel and concrete bridge for this site. However, the citizens of Ashland balked at this proposal, deciding that they would prefer a one lane covered bridge built in its place. At the 1988 town meeting in Ashland, the town voted to place $35,000 in a fund earmarked for building a new covered bridge. The balance of funds needed for this project were raised by the Squam River Covered Bridge Committee of the Ashland Historical Society, who still hold the funds today which can be used for necessary repairs for the bridge. Additional funds for the initial bridge construction were raised through special events such as bake sales and dinners, but the bulk of the money came from direct contributions from over 500 donors.
The Squam River Covered Bridge fits seamlessly into the landscape. Whether you are taking a boat out onto Little Squam Lake, or taking a dip in the lake at the nearby beach, the covered bridge serves as a nice reminder of New Hampshire's heritage. While the covered bridge is newer and not yet ready to be placed on any historical registers, it has become a classic in its own right. I had the chance to check out the covered bridge in Ashland on a glorious summer morning and got to enjoy what the bridge has to offer.
|A nice side profile of the bridge, looking west.|
|Looking northbound into the bridge's portal. As you can see, there is an attached walkway that is separated from the main lane of traffic.|
|A nice plaque dedicated to a townsperson who dreamed of a covered bridge here.|
|The nearby beach on Little Squam Lake.|
|Boats and covered bridges dot the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.|
|Where the Little Squam Lake meets the Squam River. You can see this view from the bridge walkway.|
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Sources and Links:
New Hampshire Covered Bridges - Squam Bridge
Squam Lake Inn - Discover the Covered Bridges of New Hampshire
NHTourGuide.com - Squam Covered Bridge Ashland NH
Bridgehunter.com - Squam River Covered Bridge 29-05-112
Wanderlust Family Adventure - Squam River Covered Bridge - Ashland, New Hampshire
Laconia Daily Sun - Donations sought by Ashland Historical Society for Squam River Covered Bridge repairs