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Goffstown Historical Society to erect plaque on Bridge Abutment

Goffstown:  On Tuesday, August 16th at 6pm the Goffstown Historical Society will be erecting a plaque on the bridge abutment at Rotary Park in the village to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the covered bridge burning. Everyone is invited to bring your stories and any artifacts or pictures you may have taken from that day. There will be a short speech at the park and light refreshments at the Village Trestle with Trestle Punch and other Jack Fire Ball Specials.

Most of us that were there that day cannot believe it has been 40 years since the face of our village was changed forever. Come to reminisce and join us in erecting the commemorative plaque. Any questions please contact the Goffstown Historical Society at 497-2374.

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.[2] The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975,[1] and destroyed by arson in 1976.[3]

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.

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