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Blair Covered Bridge is a beautiful wooden covered bridge located in Campton NH. This bridge is 292 feet long and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. This bridge definitely needs to be on your list of best covered bridges in New Hampshire!
Blair Bridge was originally built in 1829 for $1000.00. This bridge was burned down by a man named Lem Parker, who claimed that God told him to do it. Mr. Parker was taken to court where he confessed to the crime but was found not guilty due to no witnesses.
The current bridge was built in 1869 after a doctor on horseback was trying to cross the river but the current was too strong. The horse drowned but the doctor was saved. After that, the town voted immediately to build a bridge.
Repairs to the bridge were made in 1977 by Milton & Arnold Graton. The cost, $59,379, was covered by the town of Campton and the state.
Blair Bridge is listed in the World Guide of Covered Bridges, and it is New Hampshire covered bridge #41.
Blair Bridge crosses the Pemigewasset River. It connects NH Route 175 to the east and US Rout 3 and Interstate 93 to the west.
This bridge is still open for traffic and it has a sign posted that states:
“FIVE DOLLARS FINE FOR RIDING OR DRIVING ON THIS BRIDGE FASTER THAN A WALK”
We recently drove through this bridge and loved it. It is very beautiful and in great condition. The area around it is very pretty. After visiting this bridge, you can take a ride over to Bump Bridge, also located in Campton, NH! Do you love covered bridges? Leave us a comment below about your favorite covered bridges! Want to learn more about covered bridges; check out these books: