Skip to main content

Mount Orne Covered Bridge - New Hampshire and Vermont

 



The Mount Orne Covered Bridge is a 266 foot long covered bridge spanning over the Connecticut River, connecting Lancaster, New Hampshire with Lunenburg, Vermont. The bridge is listed in the World Guide of Covered Bridges, Numbers 45-05-03 / 29-04-08, and is also New Hampshire Covered Bridge #30 in New Hampshire's inventory of covered bridges. Replacing a toll bridge that was destroyed by a log jam in 1908, the Mount Orne Covered Bridge was built in 1911 using a Howe through truss design. The towns of Lancaster and Lunenburg each contributed $2,500 towards the construction of the covered bridge, with the remaining $1,678 of the cost having been raised by subscription. The pine timber that was used for the bridge was precut and was assembled on site.

As is the case with many covered bridges, the Mount Orne Covered Bridge has taken a beating towards its longevity over the years. In 1969, a truck loaded with salt dropped through the bridge deck and landed on the ice below. The front of the truck became hooked on one of the bridge's steel rods while the truck's rear rested on the ice. The salt from the truck spilled onto the ice and threatened to melt the ice that held the salt truck from breaking through. The truck was raised, was disengaged from the bridge, and lowered to the ice. The truck was quickly dragged away from the area weakened by the salt, was turned upright and was loaded onto a flatbed on the Vermont side of the river. Additional damage to the covered bridge by tractor trailers took place in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

The covered bridge was closed on July 5, 1983 for twelve weeks for rehabilitation at a cost of $133,000. Funding came from the towns of Lancaster and Lunenburg, the states of New Hampshire and Vermont, along with matching grant a federal Historic Preservation Fund matching grant from the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior through the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. The bridge was rededicated on November 23, 1983. The Mount Orne Covered Bridge is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Inside the covered bridge.

A view of the Connecticut River on a nice spring day.

A view of the eastern bridge portal on the New Hampshire side of the bridge.

Side profile of the covered bridge.

Coming up towards the covered bridge on NH 135.


How to Get There:



Sources and Links:
New Hampshire Bridges - Mt. Orne Bridge
Vermont Covered Bridge Society - The Mount Orne Covered Bridge
Bridgehunter.com - Mt. Orne Covered Bridge 45-05-03 / 29-04-08
NH Tour Guide - Mt. Orne Covered Bridge Lancaster NH and Lunenburg VT

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Dummy Lights of New York

  A relic of the early days of motoring, dummy lights were traffic lights  that  were  placed  in the middle of a street intersection. In those early days, traffic shuffled through busy intersections with the help of a police officer who stood on top of a pedestal. As technology improved and electric traffic signals became commonplace, they were also  originally  positioned on a platform at the center of the intersection. Those traffic signals became known as  " dummy lights "  and were common until  traffic lights were moved  onto wires and poles that crossed above the intersection.  In New York State, only a handful of these dummy lights exist. The dummy lights  are found  in the Hudson Valley towns of Beacon and Croton-on-Hudson, plus there is an ongoing tug of war in Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley, where their dummy light has been knocked down and replaced a few times. The dummy light in Canajoharie is currently out of commission, but popular demand has caused the dummy

Colorado Road (Fresno County)

Colorado Road is a rural highway located in San Joaquin Valley of western Fresno County.  Colorado Road services the city of San Joaquin in addition the unincorporated communities of Helm and Tranquility.  Colorado Road was constructed between 1910 and 1912 as a frontage road of the Hanford & Summit Lake Railway.  The roadway begins at California State Route 145 near Helm and terminates to the west at James Road in Tranquility.   Part 1; the history of Colorado Road Colorado Road was constructed as frontage road connecting the sidings of the Hanford & Summit Lake Railway.  The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway spanned from South Pacific Railroad West Side Line at Ingle junction southeast to the Coalinga Branch at Armona.  The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway broke ground during August 1910 and was complete by April 1912. The Hanford & Summit Lake Railway established numerous new sidings.  From Ingle the sidings of the line were Tranquility, Graham, San Joaquin, Caldwell, H

Madera County Road 400 and the 1882-1886 Yosemite Stage Road

Madera County Road 400 is an approximately twenty-four-mile roadway following the course of the Fresno River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Road 400 begins at California State Route 145 near Madera and terminates to the north at Road 415 near Coarsegold.  Traditionally Road 400 was known as "River Road" prior to Madera County dropping naming conventions on county highways.  Road 400 was part of the original Yosemite Stage Route by the Washburn Brothers which began in 1882.  The Yosemite Stage Route would be realigned to the west in 1886 along what is now Road 600 to a rail terminus in Raymond.  Parts of Road 400 were realigned in 1974 to make way for the Hensley Lake Reservoir.  Part 1; the history of Madera County Road 400 Road 400 is historically tied to the Wawona Road and Hotel.  The Wawona Hotel is located near the Mariposa Grove in the modern southern extent of Yosemite National Park.   The origins of the Wawona Road are tied to the Wawona Hotel but it does predate th