19-02-01) (WGCB ME-02-01): (1903;
abutments and pier replaced c. 1934; repaired 1958; renovated 2004)
A two-span Howe truss 170' over the Meduxnekeag River. Located:
SE of Littleton, Maine off Carson Road Directions:
I-95, Exit 302 then North on US 1 for 4.1 mile to Carson Road on the right
(east). Turn right on Carson Road, and go 2.5 miles. After
approximately 2 miles the road will split into a Y. Take the right
side of the Y and proceed to the bypassed bridge on the left (north).
You can see the bridge from the Y. “Some sources list the
construction date as 1911, but it is on a 1904 list of bridges. The
structure could have been repaired or replaced in 1911. The World
Guide Of Covered Bridges lists the date the bridge was built as 1903.
The bridge is the located very close to the eastern border with Canada
and has the distinction of being both the most northerly covered bridge
in the United States and the youngest of Maine’s original covered bridges.
The structure is located in a Valley of green fields and neat farm houses.
It has iron rods in place of the usual vertical timbers used in the Howe
Truss. The advantage being the rods can be tightened to compress
the framework and strengthen the bridge. The log crib abutments and
pier were replaced with concrete after 1934. The bridge was repaired
in 1958 In 1984 the bridge was closed to traffic and bypassed when
a new bridge was built. It is located on the Road to Woodstock, Maine from
Littleton, Maine. The structure has a cement pier in the center.
In 2004 the bridge was renovated at a cost of $800,000.00. It was
listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 1970.