January 09. 2014 4:04PM
Marker Number: 158
Name and date established: Cornish 1989
Description: Built in 1866 at a cost of $9,000, this is the longest wooden bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. The fourth bridge at this site, the 460-foot structure was built by Bela J. Fletcher (1811 to 1877) of Claremont and James F. Tasker (1826 to 1903) of Cornish, using a lattice truss patented by architect Ithiel Town in 1820 and 1835. Built as a toll bridge by a private corporation, the span was purchased by the State of New Hampshire in 1936 and made toll-free in 1943.
Location: Located on Route 12-A, across the Connecticut River from Windsor, Vermont. The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register in 1976.