Trip Planner:   USA  /  Maine  /  Mid Coast Maine  /  Topsham  /  Sightseeing  /  Androscoggin Swinging Bridge

Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Topsham

4.5
#23 of 32 in Sightseeing in Mid Coast Maine
Bridge Tourist Spot
The Swinging Bridge is a pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Androscoggin River between the Topsham Heights neighborhood of Topsham, Maine and neighboring Brunswick. It was built in 1892 for workers working at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick.DescriptionThe bridge has two steel A-frame towers, each 30ft in height, mounted on concrete abutments. Cables are suspended from the tower, supporting a wooden plank deck suspended from the cable by metal rods, and railings 3ft high. The span across the river between the towers is 332ft, and the distance between the cable anchor points is 520ft. The cable is 1.875in in diameter, with seven wires each composed of seven strands.HistoryThe bridge was constructed by John A. Roebling's Sons Company, the engineering firm that designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and other bridges around the world. The bridge's history is closely tied to the French Canadian heritage of Topsham and Brunswick.In the early 1900s, the present steel towers replaced the original timber-framed towers. A flood destroyed the superstructure of the bridge in 1936 and it was rebuilt in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. The current cables are original to the bridge's construction.The towns of Brunswick and Topsham created a joint committee to repair the bridge in 2000. The bridge renovation was completed in December 2006. Public parks on each side of the bridge were completed in summer 2007.A reopening and dedication ceremony was held on September 8, 2007, with two of John A. Roebling's great-great-great granddaughters in attendance.
Using our custom trip planner, Topsham attractions like Androscoggin Swinging Bridge can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including Androscoggin Swinging Bridge
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
46 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • We were staying with friends and walked to this bridge (about a mile) twice during our visit. Historical poster explains the original bridge that was on this site. Bridge has been updated and affords ...  more »
  • Parking has 4 spots and we enjoyed our quick walk across bridge. There is a park and beach area across bridge where we saw some people splashing in water and chilling.  more »
  • there is free parking, but it can be a hassle. must be patient. if you are looking for a fantastic view, this is not the place. if you are in to something historical, then i suggest you see this. orig...  more »
Google
  • Nice small bridge that sways slightly as you cross it. Located in a peaceful area with a beautiful view.
  • Beautiful bridge, up river from Brunswick. Well located and forms part of the historic river walk.
  • Small walking bridge. You can feel it move as you walk across.
  • Lovely views of Brunswick and the river. Great place for a picnic
  • Very nice views and a great trail system to walk, run, or bike.

Plan your trip to Topsham

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Topsham

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Mid Coast Maine by other users

15 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Camden BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Mid Coast Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Mid Coast Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Ephrata, Cape Cod & Port Clyde BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Maine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans