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Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

February 26, 2014
Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge spanning the Connecticut River

Spanning the Connecticut River

Connecting Two States

The Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge spans the Connecticut River from Cornish, NH, to Windsor, VT. Until 2008 it stood as the longest covered bridge in the United States, a distinction now belonging to Ohio’s Smolen-Gulf Bridge.

A Bit of History

Three bridges were previously built on this site in 1796, 1824 and 1828. The first bridges were destroyed by floods. From 1936 – 1943 the structure operated as a toll bridge. The current structure was originally built in 1866 and reconstructed in 1989 after sustaining additional flood and ice damage. The bridge is owned and maintained by the State of New Hampshire.

Structural Characteristics

The bridge is 449’5″ long and consists of two spans of 204’0″ and 203’0″. It has an overall width of 24’0″., a roadway width of 19’6″, and a maximum vertical clearance of 12’9″. It is posted for ten tons.


The American Society of Civil Engineers designated it as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1970. The Cornish-Windsor Bridge is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Click here for another view of the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200mm
Exif Data:  1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 48mm

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