Babb's Bridge

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Babb's Bridge
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Babb's Bridge in September 2014
Babb's Bridge is located in Maine
Babb's Bridge
Babb's Bridge is located in the United States
Babb's Bridge
Nearest cityGorham, Maine/Windham, Maine
Coordinates43°45′58″N 70°26′53″W / 43.76611°N 70.44806°W / 43.76611; -70.44806Coordinates: 43°45′58″N 70°26′53″W / 43.76611°N 70.44806°W / 43.76611; -70.44806
Arealess than one acre
Built1843 (1843)
NRHP reference #09000088[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 7, 1972

Babb's Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the Presumpscot River on Hurricane Road, between the towns of Gorham and Windham in Cumberland County, Maine. Built in 1976, it is a replica of a 19th-century bridge that stood on the site until destroyed by fire in 1973. The 1973 bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Babb's Bridge is located on the Presumpscot River, carrying Hurricane Road between central-western Windham on the east side and northern Gorham on the west side. It is a single-span queenspost truss bridge, with a total structure length of 79 feet (24 m) and a width of 13 feet 9 inches (4.19 m). Its end portals have a posted height limit of 10 feet (3.0 m). It is covered by a gabled roof, and its side and end walls are finished in vertical board siding.[2]

The present bridge is a reconstruction, dedicated in 1976, of an earlier bridge, which was destroyed by arson in 1973. The exact date of construction of the older bridge is a matter of debate. Some sources give a date as early as 1843, while the state and other sources maintain a date of 1864. The 19th-century bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as a joint effort of the Windham and Gorham Historical Societies. Following its destruction, the towns petitioned the state to build a replica, instead of replacing the bridge with a modern structure of steel and concrete. The present bridge was built, in part as a community effort with donated materials and labor, using techniques that might have been used in the construction of the original.[2]

In 2014, vandals cut holes in its roof to allow people to jump into the river below.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Benjamin; Evans, June (2012). New England's Covered Bridges: A Complete Guide. UPNE. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781611683851.
  3. ^ Pelletier, Jared (September 16, 2014). "Vandals cut holes in roof of landmark covered bridge in Windham". Bangor Daily News. WGME. Retrieved 23 November 2014.