Scenic USA - Maine

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Points of Interest

Rangeley Lake

Umbagog State Park - NH

Artist's Covered Bridge

Coleman State Park - NH

Grafton Notch
State Park

Grafton Notch Byway

Mollidgewock State Park - NH

Moose Brook State Park - NH

 

 

Bennett-Bean Bridge

Bennett-Bean Bridge - Maine

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     Just like many other parts of the country, Maine joined the covered bridge era in the mid 1800s. Many of these wooden bridges, assembled by local builders, followed a half dozen popular truss designs, such as the Howe, Town lattice and Burr. Lost to flood, fire and progress, only nine of Maine's 126 covered bridges remain. Since the Little Black River Covered Bridge was removed in 1956 for a concrete replacement, Maine has taken steps to maintain and preserve the last few historic bridges.
     Built in 1898, one of Maine's Paddleford truss bridges is found near the New Hampshire border. Just a mile and a half south of Wilsons Mills, the 92 foot Bennett-Bean Bridge spans the Magalloway River. Bennett Bean Bridge 1898 With funds from National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, the 200 year old bridge received a complete overhaul in 2004.
     Building a bridge in this remote section of the country in 1898 was quite an undertaking. Historic records indicate that a small percentage of the 780 dollar price tag involved transportation costs. A six day rafting trip ferried building materials for 26 miles to the bridge site. Utilized for the next 60 years, the Bennett Bridge saw its last automobile crossing in 1958.

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