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Cornish-Windsor Bridge, Windsor

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The Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. It was the longest covered bridge still standing in the United States until the Smolen–Gulf Bridge opened in Ohio in 2008.While the Old Blenheim Bridge had and Bridgeport Covered Bridge has longer clear spans, and the Smolen-Gulf Bridge is longer overall, with a longest single span of, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge is still the longest wooden covered bridge and has the longest single covered span to carry automobile traffic (Blenheim was and Bridgeport is pedestrian only).HistoryThere were three bridges previously built on this site—one each in 1796, 1824 and 1828. The 1824 and 1828 spans were constructed and operated by a group of businessmen which included Allen Wardner.The current bridge was originally built in 1866, and rebuilt in 1988. The bridge is approximately 449 feet (137 m) long and 24 feet (7.3 m) wide. It has a Town lattice type truss. It was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1970.The bridge is owned and maintained by the State of New Hampshire, and though often associated with Windsor, is in fact part of the town of Cornish, since the defined boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont is at the western high-water mark of the river. When one drives onto the bridge from the Windsor side of the river they are immediately in New Hampshire.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Really enjoyed driving and seeing longest covered bridge in US. Just drive down bridge street and across into N Hampshire.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    I just loved that on the NH side, it says: Walk your horses or pay $2. They've never painted over it.  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    Amazing to get to drive through a piece of history! There is a place to park where you can take pictures. Well worth a drive out of your way.  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    This infamous bridge that literally bridges NH and VT together looks even more special surrounded by the colors of summer!
  • May 16, 2017
    Beautiful historic bridge that should be on your list of things to see and even travel on! Great photo opportunities and a parking area to do just that!
  • December 10, 2016
    I've always loved this bridge. The second longest in the USA, but the longest of the pre-automobile covered bridges, the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge is a scenic feature of the area, crossing the Connecticut River and connecting it's namesake towns. There is parking on the Cornish, NH side, but be careful. This is an active bridge with a lot of traffic.
  • March 14, 2017
    Great historic landmark. One of the longest covers bridges in New England
  • May 13, 2017
    The best covered bridge and the longest

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