Remember When Dover, New Hampshire, Sold a Covered Bridge for $1 to Belmont?
Walking down memory lane, especially across one of New Hampshire's famous 50+ covered bridges, can definitely flood us with amazing memories. Any time of year they are a a wonderful day trip, especially when you have a connection to one of them.
And that's exactly what's happening in viral fashion right now on the Facebook group Forgotten New Hampshire.
This 154-foot long pedestrian bridge used to cross over the Cocheco River in Dover, according to the Laconia Daily Sun, but now sits across the Tioga River in two different locations after the Belmont Conservation Commission purchased it for $1 from the Town of Dover. Yup, just a buck.
The sale from the Dover City Council happened in 2013, and the article continues to say that the sale only happened because community support to help with its upkeep fell short.
I decided to dig a bit deeper into the progression of the now, Village Rail Spur Trail Bridge, and of course, what better place to witness the progress then on the Town of Belmont website, complete with photos. What a walk across memory bridge it is.
Because the bridge was sold, moved, and reassembled between 2013 and 2019, many in Dover definitely lost touch with the progress.
Here's a wonderful timeline in the Minnisquam Echo. Very cool photos in this article of the final days of putting one of the sections together.
Just think, after a simple posting on "Forgotten New Hampshire," memories came flooding back, and so many are just now discovering where this bridge landed.
Do you remember the bridge or are you making new memories at its new spot?