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Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Topsham

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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.
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  • The bridge is a small tip because here only the residents or stroller over run. In the late afternoon, you can make great photos from the bridge. Trees and river margins are great on the surface.
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  • Very good place for pictures and picnics! Cute. In the fall it's stunning. During low water times in late summer, there's a little sand beach and lots of room to stretch out. 
  • Winter, summer, spring our fall this walking bridge has the best views of all. Built as a toll bridge for workers in the mills in Brunswick and Topsham to get to work it crosses the Androscoggin River...  read more »
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