Durgin Bridge #45

May 23. 2013 3:15PM

 (S. Krishnamurthi)

Durgin Road
Sandwich, NH

The first bridge constructed at this site was built to replace the ford, located nearly a quarter mile upstream. The ford carried the heavy traffic of bygone days across the river. The current bridge is the fourth one on this site, the others being washed away in 1844, 1865 and 1869. In 1869, the freshet was so violent that iron bolts used to connect the great bed pieces of the middle pier to a large rock were twisted and broken. The iron bolts were two inches in diameter. The existing bridge was built by Jacob Berry of North Conway. Berry claimed that the bridge was so strong that it could be filled with wood without causing it to fail. There is no evidence that anyone ever attempted to prove his theory. The bridge is named for James Holmes Durgin who ran a grist mill nearby. The bridge was also a link in the underground slave railroad from Sandwich to North Conway.

Year of Construction: - 1869

Original Cost: - Unknown

One and one-half miles north of N.H. Route 113, two miles east of North Sandwich Village on Durgin Road spanning the Cold River.

Paddleford truss with added arches. The bridge is 96'0" long with a clear span of 72'0". It has an overall width of 19'0" with a roadway width of 13'10", and a maximum vertical clearance of 12'9". The bridge is posted for six tons.


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