a journey through history
With more covered bridges than any other part of the state, the bridges of Maine’s Lakes & Mountains stand as rustic and rough-hewn reminders of the craftsmanship, engineering, ingenuity, and thrift that are the defining characteristics of a “New England Yankee.” Created to extend a bridge’s lifespan and to calm easily spooked horses, these now-protected structures continue to capture the imagination of travelers.
Babb’s Bridge South Windham/Gorham
Lovejoy Bridge Andover
Built in 1843, the bridge is a one-span queen post truss construction with a total length of 79 feet. The original bridge was destroyed by fire in 1973, and an exact replica was completed in 1976. Getting there: From the Windham Post Office go SE on Roosevelt Trail toward Tandberg Trail for 0.6 mi. Turn right onto River Rd. Go south for 4.3 mi. Take a right onto Covered Bridge Rd./Hurricane Rd. and follow to the bridge for about 1/2 mi. Drive time is about 8 minutes.
The bridge, built in 1868, is 70 feet long and spans the Ellis River. Constructed of Paddleford trusses, it is Maine’s shortest covered bridge. Getting there: From the Andover Post Office, head south on E. Andover Rd. toward Rumford Center Rd. 1.5 mi. E. Andover Rd. turns slightly right and becomes Covered Bridge Rd. Drive time is about 5 minutes.
Bennett’s Bridge Lincoln Plantation
The bridge, built as a joint project by the towns of Porter and Parsonsfield over the Ossipee River in 1859, is a 152-foot structure of Paddleford truss construction strengthened with laminated wooden arches. Getting there: From the Parsonfield Post Office, head west on ME-25 W/Federal St. toward Elm St. Continue to follow ME-25 W 2.7 mi. Turn left onto ME-160 Rd. and travel 0.2 mi. Turn left traveling 160 feet then turn right to bridge. Drive time is about 6 minutes.
The bridge, built in 1901, has trusses of the Paddleford type with a total length of 93 feet spanning the Magalloway River. The bridge was closed to traffic in 1985. Getting there: From the Rangeley Post Office go northwest on ME-4 (Main St.) toward Park Rd., following ME-4 N for 6.6 mi. Turn right onto ME-16 W and follow for 22.4 mi. Turn right onto Littlehale Rd. (closed in winter) and follow to bridge in 3/10 mi. Drive time is about 40 minutes.
Hemlock Bridge Fryeburg Built in 1857, the bridge is a 109-foot Paddleford truss strengthened with laminated wooden arches and reinforced to carry local traffic in 1988. Getting there: From the Fryeburg Post Office, take Main St. N. 6.9 mi. Turn right onto Frog Alley and travel 2 mi. to bridge. Drive time is about 20 minutes.
Parsonsfield-Porter Bridge Porter
Sunday River Bridge – the artist’s bridge Newry The bridge, built in 1872, is named The Artists’ Bridge because of its reputation as being the most photographed and painted of the venerable covered bridges in Maine. The bridge wa closed to traffic in 1958. Getting there: From the Newry Post Office turn left onto Sunday River Rd. traveling 1.2 mi. Make slight right to stay on Sunday River Rd. Bridge will be on left. Drive time is about 4 minutes.
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Published on Dec 30, 2016
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