Cheshire Bridge (Connecticut River)

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Cheshire Bridge
1930 Cheshire Bridge over the Connecticut River
1930 Cheshire Bridge over the Connecticut River
Coordinates43°15′38″N 72°25′38″W / 43.260452°N 72.427319°W / 43.260452; -72.427319Coordinates: 43°15′38″N 72°25′38″W / 43.260452°N 72.427319°W / 43.260452; -72.427319
Designthree-span Pennsylvania truss
Total length489 feet (149 m)
Constructed byMcClintic-Marshall Co.
Construction end1806, 1906, 1930
Construction costUS$225,000 (US$3,370,000 with inflation[1])
Tollnone since 2001
Cheshire Bridge is located in New Hampshire
Cheshire Bridge
Cheshire Bridge
Location in New Hampshire

The Cheshire Bridge spans the Connecticut River between Charlestown, New Hampshire and Springfield, Vermont.[2][3]


The first bridge at this location was completed in 1806 by the Cheshire Bridge Co.[4] and was described as a Town lattice covered toll bridge, a wooden covered bridge. In 1897 the bridge was purchased by the Springfield Electric Railway.

In 1906 the old bridge was replaced by the Iron Bridge Co., at a cost of US$65,000 (US$1,810,000 with inflation[1]).[5] It was a three-span steel Pratt truss bridge, which had a 600-foot (180 m) span and a 20-foot (6.1 m)-wide roadway. Vehicles ran both ways, and also freight and passenger cars. In 1930 the bridge was replaced by the McClintic-Marshall Co. of Pittsburgh, PA at a cost of US$225,000 (US$3,370,000 with inflation[1]).[6] It is a three-span Pennsylvania truss that is 489 feet (149 m) feet long.

The bridge was purchased by the state of New Hampshire in 1992. Tolls were collected until 2001.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Cheshire Bridge". Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ John Farmer; Jacob Bailey Moore (1823). A gazetteer of the state of New-Hampshire, by J. Farmer and J.B. Moore. pp. 94–.
  4. ^ Henry Hamilton Saunderson (1876). History of Charlestown, New Hampshire: The Old No. 4, Embracing the Part Borne by Its Inhabitants in the Indian, French and Revolutionary Wars, and the Vermont Controversy; Also Genealogies and Sketches of Families, from Its Settlement to 1876. Claremont Manufacturing Company. pp. 685–.
  5. ^ "Cheshire Bridge". Connecticut River Bridges.
  6. ^ Glenn A. Knoblock (25 January 2012). Historic Iron and Steel Bridges in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. McFarland. pp. 182–. ISBN 978-0-7864-8699-1.
  7. ^ "New Hampshire Eliminates Connecticut River Toll". Trucking Info.

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