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Goffstown Historical Society Unveils Plaque: Covered Railroad Bridge

GOFFSTOWN VILLAGE - 16 August 2016:  This evening at 6:00pm, the Goffstown Historical Society came together with members of the Community in remembrance of the Village Trestle Railroad Bridge that once stood 40 years ago until fire brought it down.

After the unveiling of the plaque, and some stories about the structure, visitors were invited to the neighboring restaurant, The Village Trestle for pastries and a time for personal discussion about the fire event from years back.  

The Goffstown Covered Railroad Bridge was a rare railroad covered bridge in Goffstown, New Hampshire. It was built in 1901 by the Boston and Maine Railroad, on the site of an earlier bridge built in 1850 by the New Hampshire Central Railroad, and carried its tracks across the Piscataquog River in the center of Goffstown. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and destroyed by arson in 1976.

For a in depth history of this railroad crossing, please CLICK HERE.

The bridge was a single span Pratt truss structure with a clear span of 117 feet (36 m), resting on granite slab abutments that had been capped in concrete. Laminated arches were also added to its structure to add strength.

Please take a moment to watch our 12 minute film production of the Plaque installation dedication, which took place this evening at Rotary Park in the Village of Goffstown.  

Please click here to view 60+ still images of this event

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