Comstock's Bridge

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Comstock's Bridge
Comstock's Bridge, East Hampton.jpg
Comstock's Bridge is located in Connecticut
Comstock's Bridge
Comstock's Bridge is located in the United States
Comstock's Bridge
LocationComstock Bridge Rd., East Hampton, Connecticut
Coordinates41°33′11″N 72°26′57″W / 41.55306°N 72.44917°W / 41.55306; -72.44917Coordinates: 41°33′11″N 72°26′57″W / 41.55306°N 72.44917°W / 41.55306; -72.44917
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1840 (1840)
Architectural styleHowe truss covered bridge
NRHP reference #76001978[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 1, 1976

Comstock's Bridge, also known as the Comstock Covered Bridge, is a covered bridge located in East Hampton, Connecticut, spanning the Salmon River, Built in 1840, it is one of only three historical covered bridges in the state. It is open to pedestrian traffic in a small park off Comstock Bridge Road. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1976.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Comstock's Bridge is located in southeastern East Hampton, near the junction of Comstock Bridge Road and Colchester Avenue (Connecticut Route 16). The bridge consists of two spans: its main span is a Howe truss, 80 feet (24 m) long, with a roadbed 12 feet (3.7 m) wide. That span is covered by a gabled roof and sheathed in vertical board siding. Gates at either end of the bridge limit access to pedestrians. A secondary span, 30 feet (9.1 m) in length, connects the bridge to the eastern shore. This span is uncovered; its trusses are sheathed in vertical siding with peaked caps. The bridge abutments are a combination of unmortared rubblestone and cut granite.[2]

The bridge was built in 1840. The bridge suffered major damage in the 1920s when a truck crashed through the floor. It underwent major restoration work in the 1930s by a Civilian Conservation Corps crew, which replaced some bridge materials with parts in part recycled from old buildings, and added the gates at either end. It is now closed to traffic, and is accessible from a small public park.[2]

See also[edit]

Comstock's Bridge in 1970


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Bruce Clouette (July 25, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Comstock's Bridge". National Park Service. and Accompanying three photos, from 1975

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