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Meriden Covered Bridge

August 18, 2014
Meriden Covered Bridge also known as Mill Covered Bridge

Meriden Covered Bridge in autumn

Third Time’s The Charm

The Meriden Covered Bridge, located on Colby Hill Road, spans the Blood Brook in the town of Plainfield, New Hampshire. Originally constructed in 1880 at a cost of $685, the current bridge is actually the third version to stand on this site.

Nature’s Fury

Also known as the Mill Bridge, the structure was severely damaged by Hurricane Carol in 1954. Steel beams were later introduced in 1963 when the bridge was rebuilt. New England weather itself can be brutal at times, as it was in the spring of 1977 when heavy snows caused the bridge’s roof to cave in. That damage was repaired at a cost of $8,296.

Preserving History

Covered bridges are treasured in New England, and this one is no exception. In 1985 the state of New Hampshire repaired the bridge’s decaying substructure at a cost of $57,000.

The Meriden Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Autumn Beauty

As you can see, autumn provides an idyllic setting for this bridge. Therefore, if you’re a covered bridge lover or a fall foliage fan, make sure to add the Meriden Covered Bridge to your list of New England scenic destinations. To capture the foliage, I would say early October might yield the best color. Click here to keep abreast of New England’s Fall Foliage forecast and current status.


Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200mm
Exif Data:  1/250s, f/5.0, ISO 200, 42mm

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