Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge
|Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge|
|Locale||Cornish, New Hampshire to Windsor, Vermont|
|Maintained by||New Hampshire Department of Transportation|
|Design||Town lattice truss bridge|
|Total length||449 ft 5 in (137.0 m)|
|Width||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Longest span||204 ft (62.2 m)|
|Load limit||10 US tons (9.1 metric tons)|
|Clearance below||12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)|
Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge
|Nearest city||Windsor, VT|
|NRHP Reference #||76000135 |
|Added to NRHP||November 21, 1976|
The Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. It was the longest covered bridge still standing in the United States until the Smolen–Gulf Bridge opened in Ohio in 2008.
While the Old Blenheim Bridge had and Bridgeport Covered Bridge has longer clear spans, and the Smolen-Gulf Bridge is longer overall, with a longest single span of 204 feet (62 m), the Cornish-Windsor Bridge still has the longest single covered span to carry automobile traffic (Blenheim was and Bridgeport is pedestrian only).
There were three bridges previously built on this site—one each in 1796, 1824 and 1828. The 1824 and 1828 spans were constructed and operated by a group of businessmen which included Allen Wardner.
The current bridge was originally built in 1866, and rebuilt in 1988. The bridge is approximately 449 feet (137 m) long and 24 feet (7.3 m) wide. It has a Town lattice type truss. It was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1970.
The bridge is owned and maintained by the State of New Hampshire, and though often associated with Windsor, is in fact part of the town of Cornish, since the defined boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont is at the western high-water mark of the river. When one drives onto the bridge from the Windsor side of the river they are immediately in New Hampshire. The name is a point of contention among locals since many Cornish inhabitants refer to the bridge as the 'Cornish Covered Bridge' (minus 'Windsor') since, they argue, the bridge belongs to Cornish and not Windsor.
- List of crossings of the Connecticut River
- List of New Hampshire covered bridges
- List of covered bridges in Vermont
- Old Blenheim Bridge – previous claim of longest single covered span
- Bridgeport Covered Bridge – another claim of longest single covered span
- Hartland Bridge - The longest covered bridge in the world (located in Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada)
- List of bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in New Hampshire
- List of bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in Vermont
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Sullivan County, New Hampshire
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Windsor County, Vermont
- Cornish-Windsor Bridge at Structurae
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Horton, John (2008-08-23). "Ashtabula County really has it covered; New roofed span snatches title of nation's longest". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Cornish-Windsor Bridge, retrieved January 11, 2014
- William Henry Child, History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, 1911, page 216
- VERMONT v. NEW HAMPSHIRE 289 U.S. 593 (1933) says the river, and therefore the bridge, is all in New Hampshire.
Media related to Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge at Wikimedia Commons
- Cornish-Windsor Bridge, NH Division of Historical Resources