Swanzey, NH - October 6 - Covered Bridge Day in Swanzey also turned out to be a typical New England fall day as well, wet and cloudy, as covered bridge enthusiasts gathered for the grand opening of the Slate Bridge (29-03-06).
Jim Smedley and Gloria Kruba were there on that day as they took a five day swing through New Hampshire and Vermont, photographing 43 covered bridges.
Jim belongs to the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania and the NSPCB. Many thanks to Jim from Vermont Bridges Dot Com for the use of his excellent photos. See more of his work in "Brownsville's Smith Bridge Downed by Wind- storm" and "New North Hartland Covered Bridge Replaces Concrete Span!" Jim and Gloria reside in Baltimore Maryland.
After an extensive renovation, the Slate Bridge had been reassembled in its place over the Ashuelot River over the week of June 18. For more photos, see the NSPCB Summer newsletter on this website.
The original span was built in 1862 using a town lattice truss at a cost of $1,850.64. The 122 foot span was later reinforced with four Iron turnbuckle rods. (Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, by Edward White, 1942)