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Swift River Covered Bridge

September 9, 2013
Swift River Covered Bridge

Swift River Covered Bridge welcomes autumn

New England Covered Bridges Welcome Autumn

Nothing goes better with New England fall foliage than a historic covered bridge. I try to photograph a different one every time I travel north from my home on Cape Ann. New Hampshire alone has more covered bridges than you can imagine!  That means plenty of worthwhile day trips.

The Swift River Covered Bridge, measuring 129’4″ in length, is located a half mile north of Route 16 in Conway, New Hampshire. The bridge’s style is known as a paddleford truss with added arches. When colorful autumn leaves serve as the backdrop, it’s a picture perfect place to visit.

A Bit of Swift River Bridge History

As stated on the NH.gov website

“The first bridge on this site was built by John Douglass in 1850. It gave much needed access to the north using West Side Road and served local commerce well until the spring of 1869. At that time, heavy rains swelled the river and the raging waters lifted the bridge from its foundation, turned it around, and sent it rapidly downstream into the Saco River Covered Bridge knocking it off its moorings. Both damaged structures broke up and came to rest two miles downstream. In a striking demonstration of Yankee thrift, much of the lumber salvaged from these two bridges was used in the building of the new Swift River Covered Bridge constructed by Jacob Berry and his son Jacob Jr. The current bridge was bypassed when a new concrete and steel bridge was built nearby in 1974. The Swift River Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Your New England Bucket List

So if you think you might be a covered bridge lover, definitely add the Swift River Covered Bridge to your New England Bucket List. If you want to time it with the area’s fall foliage, I suggest early to mid October.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 18 mm, f/4.0, 1/640 sec.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dorothy permalink
    September 17, 2013 6:19 am

    Lovely! Covered bridges one of my favorite subjects of all time. With your entries you are constantly urging me to take my much desired trip to the northeast!

    • LMP permalink*
      September 17, 2013 8:24 am

      I’m glad my images can inspire a trip to the northeast for you Dorothy. Let me know if you’re ever coming this way. Perhaps I could show you around my neck of the woods. 🙂

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