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Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Topsham

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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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  • This old swinging bridge was once used by locals to cross over to work at the textile factory located on the river. It is a real historical piece and is well worth the stop if you are interested in wa...  more »
  • Stop in for a quick walk out on the bridge if you're ever bored and stuck in traffic, especially during the spring snowmelt, when the standing waves are huge and sport kayakers are going daredevil, bu...  more »
  • We stopped at this bridge to view the river and enjoy some foliage. Parking on the Brunswick side is very limited. Go to the Topsham side if you can.  more »
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  • Such a cool place. We almost missed it, so you have to keep your eye out for it, but it's worth stopping for. Not much parking but it's in a fairly quiet area of town, so it's probably not an issue - we found parking no problem. Take a walk across the bridge (excellent photo opportunities) and then check out the rocky beach area on the other side. You can walk or bike across it.
  • Great quick stop for an awesome view at a historical location
  • Beautiful historical swinging bridge, takes you right over the Androscoggin before the dam. Very scenic, kids love it.
  • Its not crowded as it is not a popular place. But i liked the swinging bridge.
  • Well worth seeing this awesome suspension bridge that the French-Canadian workers used to walk every day on their way to work at Cabot Mill.