Remember When Dover, New Hampshire Sold That Covered Bridge for $1?
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It still amazes so many. Why oh why did the town of Dover sell a covered bridge for $1 to the town of Belmont, New Hampshire? But more than wondering why it happened are the memories that this particular bridge brings back for so many.
On the Facebook group Forgotten New Hampshire, a simple photo and reminder about this bridge took so many down nostalgia lane.
This 154-foot long pedestrian bridge used to cross over the Cochecho River in Dover, according to the Laconia Daily Sun, but now sits across the Tioga River in two different locations after the Belmont Conservation Commission purchased it for $1 from the Town of Dover. Yup, just a buck.
The sale from the Dover City Council happened in 2013, but didn't find it's permanent home until basically the pandemic. The article continues to say that the sale only happened because community support to help with its upkeep fell short.
It's now called the Village Rail Spur Trail Bridge, and if you want to learn a bit more about its progression from Dover to Belmont, then click here on the Town of Belmont website, where there are also photos and a timeline.
Because the bridge was sold, moved, and reassembled between 2013 and 2019, many in Dover definitely lost touch with the progress.
Here's a wonderful timeline in the Minnisquam Echo as well. There are very cool photos in this article of the final days of putting one of the sections together.
Just think, after a simple posting on Forgotten New Hampshire memories came flooding back, so many are just now discovering where this bridge landed.
Do you remember the bridge, or are you making new memories at its new spot?