Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge

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Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge, Colrain MA.jpg
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge is located in Massachusetts
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge
LocationLyonsville Road over the North River, Colrain, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°40′12″N 72°43′9″W / 42.67000°N 72.71917°W / 42.67000; -72.71917Coordinates: 42°40′12″N 72°43′9″W / 42.67000°N 72.71917°W / 42.67000; -72.71917
Arealess than one acre
Built1868 (1868)
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #83000592[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 3, 1983

The Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge, carrying Lyonsville Road across the North River in Colrain, Massachusetts. Built in 1869, it is the only Burr truss bridge in the state, and is one of a few 19th century covered bridges in the state. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge is located west of Colrain's village center, carrying Lyonsville Road across the North River a short way west of Massachusetts Route 112. The bridge is 100 feet (30 m) long, with an outside width of 17 feet (5.2 m) and an inside width of 12 feet (3.7 m), sufficient for one lane of traffic. It is covered by a gabled roof, and its exterior is clad in vertical board siding. It is supported by multiple king post trusses augmented by laminated Burr arches.[2]

The bridge was built in 1869 in the Shattuckville section of Colrain, and was severely damaged during a flood in 1878. It then sat abandoned until 1896, when the town voted to rehabilitate it and moved it to its present location, where it served as part of the main road to Heath. The area was then known as the "Arthur A. Smith Flats", after a prominent local resident who lived in the area. The bridge was strengthened in 1920 with the addition of laminated beam arches.[2] In 1991 it was taken out of service and moved to adjacent land. Following restoration work in 2005–07 it was placed back in service, and was only modestly damaged by Hurricane Irene.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  3. ^ "Our other covered bridge". Millbrook House News. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-21.