Androscoggin Swinging Bridge, Topsham

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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  • Finally stopped after passing this wonderful little park a gazillion times. The walk across the bridge is fun for all and especially for photographers of scenery, waterways & birds. Very scenic sights...  more »
  • The Androscoggin swing bridge was a fun walk to take to get some fresh air and stretch our legs from driving up to Rockland area from Portland. If you have some time it’s worth the short park and walk...  more »
  • If you are near Brunswick, ME, then take a break and find the Swinging Bridge. It is a full suspension bridge scaled for pedestrian traffic. It was designed by Roebling and Sons who also designed the ...  more »
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  • A nice stop on your way up to mid coast Maine. A small park, but the bridge does ‘swing,’ the view is pretty, there’s a little history to read about, and it was a great place to just stretch your legs for a half hour.
  • Cute attraction. Picturesque. Not a destination spot but a quick stop along your route for a pic is worth it.
  • Great bridge and history. Trails to walk. Paved and dirt/rock. Well kept. Can feel the movement on Brunswick side.
  • It's fun little history rich sight to see if your in the area looking something fun to check out.👍
  • Cool place to take a visit, interesting & beautiful, nice place to teach kids about how things USED to be built years ago....

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