Lover's Leap Bridge

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Lover's Leap Bridge
Lover's Leap Lenticular Bridge, Spanning Housatonic River on Pumpkin Hill Road, New Milford (Litchfield County, Connecticut).jpg
Lover's Leap Lenticular Bridge
Coordinates 41°32′39″N 73°24′25″W / 41.54417°N 73.40694°W / 41.54417; -73.40694Coordinates: 41°32′39″N 73°24′25″W / 41.54417°N 73.40694°W / 41.54417; -73.40694
Carries Pedestrians
Crosses Housatonic River
Locale Lovers Leap State Park, New Milford, Connecticut
Maintained by Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Characteristics
Design lenticular through truss
Total length 173 feet (53 m)
History
Opened 1895
Statistics
Toll None
Lover's Leap Bridge
Lover's Leap Bridge is located in Connecticut
Lover's Leap Bridge
Lover's Leap Bridge is located in the US
Lover's Leap Bridge
Location New Milford, Connecticut
Area 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Built 1895 (1895)
Architect Berlin Iron Bridge Co.; Douglas & Jarvis
NRHP Reference # 76001982[1]
Added to NRHP May 13, 1976

The Lover's Leap Bridge is a wrought-iron lenticular truss bridge over the Housatonic River located in Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford, Connecticut. Built in 1895 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company, it is one of the last bridges built the company, and is a particularly ornate example of its work. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1] It is now open only to foot traffic.

Description and history[edit]

The Lover's Leap Bridge is located south of downtown New Milford, in the northern part of Lovers Leap State Park. It spans the Housatonic River a short way downstream of its confluence with the Still River, and just south of bridge carrying Still River Drive. It is accessible on foot from parking areas near either end, along the former alignment of Pumpkin Hill Road, which it originally carried. It is a single span wrought iron lenticular truss, 173 feet (53 m) in length, resting on coursed stone abutments. Its truss elements are joined by pins. The posts at the ends are topped by urn finials, and the crossing latticework elements at the portal ends are arched and crowned by cresting. Crossing elements of the guard rails are decorated with rosettes.[2]

The bridge was built in 1895 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company. This was one of the last bridges manufactured by the company out of iron, which had mostly been supplanted by steel as a preferred bridge building material by that time.[2] The bridge was used by both vehicles and pedestrians until 1977, and was closed to vehicular traffic after the crossing just north of the bridge was constructed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Lover's Leap Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 

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