Thompson's Bridge

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Thompson's Bridge
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Nearest city Allen's Mills, Maine
Coordinates 44°43′36″N70°0′25″W / 44.72667°N 70.00694°W / 44.72667; -70.00694 Coordinates: 44°43′36″N70°0′25″W / 44.72667°N 70.00694°W / 44.72667; -70.00694
Area less than one acre
Built 1808 (1808)
NRHP reference # 91000321 [1]
Added to NRHP March 22, 1991

Thompson's Bridge is a historic stone bridge in rural Franklin County, Maine. Built c. 1808, it is one of a very small number of surviving stone lintel bridges in the state, a type that were once quite common. It carries a local dirt road across Josiah Creek in the Allen's Mills section of Industry, and is located near (and possibly on) the border with neighboring Somerset County. [2] The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. [1]

Franklin County, Maine County in the United States

Franklin County is a county located in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,768, making it the second-least populous county in Maine. Its county seat is Farmington. The county was established on May 9, 1838 and named for Benjamin Franklin.

Industry, Maine Town in Maine, United States

Industry is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. The population was 929 at the 2010 census. It was named from the industrious habits of its citizens.

Somerset County, Maine County in the United States

Somerset County is a county in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,228. Its county seat is Skowhegan.

The bridge abutments consist of local fieldstone arranged in dry laid courses. The main span consists of large granite slabs laid across the narrow opening between the abutments. A layer of earth is built above these slabs, supporting the dirt roadway, which is about 10 feet (3.0 m) wide. The southern abutment has extensive wingwalls, giving that structure a total width of about 20 feet (6.1 m). [2]

The road which the bridge carries was probably laid out in 1808, during the early period of Industry's settlement. John Thompson had a house and established a grist mill nearby in 1805. The area had been abandoned by the late 19th century, and the roadway south of the bridge is unmaintained and in deteriorated condition. In a 1924 survey, the state identified more than 100 of this type of bridge; as of 1987, only three were known to survive in relatively unaltered condition. The bridge is also one of the town of Industry's oldest structures; its oldest surviving building has an estimated construction date of 1820. [2]

See also

Churchill Bridge bridge in United States of America

The Churchill Bridge is a historic bridge carrying Mountain Road over Bicknell Brook, in a rural corner of Buckfield, Maine. It is one of three documented stone lintel bridges in the state. It is a dry laid rubble stone structure which carries the road over the stream at a height of about 14 feet (4.3 m). The total length of the bridge is about 20 feet (6.1 m), and the clear span over the brook is 5 feet (1.5 m). The span is formed by five massive ledge stones laid on rubble abutments about 7 feet (2.1 m) above the stream. Additional rubble is laid above to form the bed of the gravel roadway. The bridge crosses the stream at a slight angle, so its abutments are extended with wingwalls to the northwest and southeast.

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