Babb's Bridge in September 2014
|Nearest city||Gorham, Maine/Windham, Maine|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP reference #||09000088|
|Added to NRHP||September 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.
Description and history
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.
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.
In 2014, vandals cut holes in its roof to allow people to jump into the river below.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cumberland County, Maine
- List of bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in Maine
- List of Maine covered bridges
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Evans, Benjamin; Evans, June (2012). New England's Covered Bridges: A Complete Guide. UPNE. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781611683851.
- Pelletier, Jared (September 16, 2014). "Vandals cut holes in roof of landmark covered bridge in Windham". Bangor Daily News. WGME. Retrieved 23 November 2014.