Sunday River Bridge, Spanning Sunday River, Newry, Oxford County, ME
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Spanning Sunday River, Newry vicinity, ME
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER ME-69
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N1000).
Building/structure dates: 1872 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1923 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1958 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Significance: Sunday River Bridge is a very well executed speciment of the bridge truss designed in the 1840s by Peter Paddleford of Littleton, New Hampshire. This truss became the dominant style in covered bridge construction throughout much of New England, but has received little attention from historians, perhaps because it was never patented. The bridge is also notable as an example of sympathetic restoration.
Maine Department Of Transportation
Paine, Levi R.
Stow, A. N.
Barker, Nathan S.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
PERSPECTIVE FROM NEARBY ROADWAY.
PERSPECTIVE FROM SOUTH WITH UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE AND STONE ABUTMENT.
UNDERSIDE OF BRIDGE.
BELOW DECK VIEW OF DIAGONAL FLOOR BRACING.
SOUTH ABUTMENT AND FLOORING DETAIL.
SOUTH PORTAL, SHOWING TYPICAL PADDLEFORD PORTAL WITH SEMI-ELLIPTICAL ENTRY.
OBLIQUE PERSPECTIVE FROM SOUTH. NOTE OVERHUNG PORTAL, RESULTING FROM TOP CHORD BEING LONGER THAN THE REST OF THE FRAME.
DETAIL OF FRAMING AT SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH PORTAL.
INTERIOR, WEST PANEL CONSTRUCTION.
DETAIL, VERTICAL MEMBER, INTERSECTION WITH TOP CHORD.
CENTRAL PANEL AND TRUSS, LOOKING WEST.
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