Porter Covered Bridge, 1870

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Porter Covered Bridge, 1870

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Description

The bridge that crossed the Swift River in Hale was swept away in the freshet of 1870. A covered bridge was built to replace it the same year. It was located a short way above the house of Fred Porter, in a place on the Swift River that was considered more accessible to Rumford and Mexico. A cheese factory operated by George Richards was located nearby, and on the opposite side of the bridge was a small district schoolhouse.

Porter Bridge was demolished in an ice tornado in November, 1900. In 1901, after much controversy it was agreed that a high steel framework bridge should take its place, and the Red Bridge was built further downstream.

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About This Item

  • Title: Porter Covered Bridge, 1870
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: 1870
  • Town: Mexico
  • County: Oxford
  • State: ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Local Code: 12 040 Mex
  • Object Type: Image

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Mexico Historical Society
3 Oxford Avenue, Mexico, ME 04257
(207) 357-9786

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