In the small town of Franklin, New Hampshire rests the remains of the last "upside-down" bridge in the United States.
This bridge of the most unusual design has earned its spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Built-in 1896 by the Bridge and Building Department of the Boston and Maine Railroad is the last of it's kind. It earns the name of an "upside-down" covered bridge because the railroad track runs on top rather than underneath which is meant to protect the bridge's trusses below.
The bridge was originally constructed with wood siding to further protect the trusses that lay below the deck. The bridge was put out of commission in 1973 and suffered heavy damage from a suspected arson fire in 1980. The structural integrity is questionable but no signs in the area warned against walking on and the top where the tracks only have a few holes. They do serve as a grave reminder of the rapid water rushing beneath.
Origin of the Name
The Sulphite Bridge earned its name from the frequent trains that traveled this specific route carrying sulfur to the pulp and paper mills near Franklin.
Getting There and Important Information
The Sulphite Bridge is located in the town of Franklin, New Hampshire. It is easily accessible from Trestle View Park which is free to park at. The park is located on the main street of Franklin. From the park, head across Route 11 along the Winnipesaukee River Trail for half a mile. This river trail is a paved trail that turns to dirt before arriving at the Sulphite Bridge on the left. The bridge is heavily decayed and has dangerous nails and scrap metal protruding so extra caution should be used if you decide to venture over it.
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