West Cornwall Covered Bridge

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West Cornwall Covered Bridge
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West Cornwall Covered Bridge, spanning the Housatonic River
Official name Hart Bridge
Carries Sharon-Goshen Turnpike (Connecticut Route 128)
Crosses Housatonic River
Locale Cornwall, Connecticut
Design Town lattice truss bridge
Material wood
Total length 242.1 feet (73.8 m)[1]
Width 15 feet (4.6 m)
Number of spans 2
Piers in water 1
Opened 1841[1]
Coordinates

41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444Coordinates: 41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444

Bridge site in U.S. state of Connecticut
West Cornwall Covered Bridge is located in Connecticut
West Cornwall Covered Bridge
Coordinates 41°52′18″N 73°21′52″W / 41.87167°N 73.36444°W / 41.87167; -73.36444
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 75001923[2]
Added to NRHP December 30, 1975

The West Cornwall Covered Bridge (also known as Hart Bridge[3]) is a wooden lattice truss bridge built over the Housatonic River in the town of Cornwall, Connecticut. It is estimated to have been built around 1864.

Details[edit]

The covered bridge is 172 feet (52 m) long, 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and supports one lane of vehicle traffic for the Sharon-Goshen Turnpike (Connecticut Route 128).[4] The bridge is built of red spruce timbers secured with treenails (wooden pegs). In 1973 the roadway was reinforced with the addition of a concealed steel deck.[5]

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The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[2] Extensive repair was done to the floor of the bridge during the mid-1940s when a tanker truck carrying tar plunged through the flooring.

The bridge appeared in the opening scenes of the movie, Valley of the Dolls a 1967 American drama film based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Jacqueline Susann.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hart Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ Pease, John Chauncey, and John Milton Niles. A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials. Hartford: William S. Marsh, 1819. eBook. <http://books.google.com/books?id=yiUnAAAAMAAJ&dq=hart%20bridge%20cornwall&pg=PA244
  4. ^ Cornwall Historical Society. “The Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, Connecticut.” Accessed July 29, 2008.
  5. ^ Public Archeology Survey Team, Inc., Storrs, CT. “West Cornwall Bridge.” Accessed July 29, 2008.