Enfield–Suffield Covered Bridge

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Enfield - Suffield Covered Bridge
Enfield Covered Bridge.jpg
Coordinates41°58′30.34″N 72°36′22.31″W / 41.9750944°N 72.6061972°W / 41.9750944; -72.6061972Coordinates: 41°58′30.34″N 72°36′22.31″W / 41.9750944°N 72.6061972°W / 41.9750944; -72.6061972
CarriesBridge Lane (Enfield, Connecticut) to Bridge Street (Suffield, Connecticut)
CrossesConnecticut River
LocaleEnfield, Connecticut to Suffield, Connecticut
Designwood covered bridge
Opened1821, 1832
CollapsedFebruary 14, 1900[1]

The Enfield–Suffield Covered Bridge was a wooden covered bridge over the Connecticut River located between Enfield, Connecticut and Suffield, Connecticut. This bridge connected Bridge Lane on the Enfield (east) side of the river with the west side of the river, where Bridge Street met it. There is now a parallel row of trees on this west side of the river where the street once ran.


All that remains of this bridge at this time are submerged piers in the river. These are partially overgrown with vegetation.

Half of this bridge was destroyed in a flood on 2 February 1900. Hosea Keach, agent for the railroad at Bridge Lane Station, which was at the entrance to the bridge, was on the bridge when it collapsed. He rode the span down the river, and climbed to the roof, where he was seen by two railroad employees at the Warehouse Point bridge, Arthur Blodgett and R. A. Abbe. They lowered a rope from the railroad bridge as he passed below, rescuing him.[1]

The remains of the bridge were purchased by Southern New England Telephone, which blew up the remaining part of the bridge and used the piers for carrying telephone wires across the river.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Enfield Historical Society". Archived from the original on 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  2. ^ Whittlesey, Charles W. (1938). Crossing and Re-Crossing the Connecticut River. New Haven, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company. p. 50.