ASHLAND NH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Squam River Covered Bridge

The Squam River covered bridge on River St. in Ashland, replaced a steel and concrete bridge that was condemned by the State of NH. After the condemnation, the state proposed a two-lane steel bridge for this site. The citizens of Ashland, however, decided they would prefer a one lane covered bridge. At the 1988 town meeting, the town voted to place $35,000 in a fund earmarked for building a new covered bridge. The balance of funds needed for this project were raised by the Squam River Covered Bridge Committee of the Ashland Historical Society. Additional funds were raised through special events such as bake sales and dinners, but the bulk of the money came from direct contributions from over 500 donors. The bridge was constructed by Milton Graton and Sons. It was officially dedicated on July 1, 1990. The Squam River covered bridge was constructed in a manner which replicates the traditional style of covered bridges. It has not reached the 50 year age criteria to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Location: On River Street spanning the Squam River as it flows from the Little Squam Lake in Ashland.

Style of Bridge: Town lattice truss

Years of Construction: 1989-1990

Original Cost: Approximately $200,000

Structural Characteristics:

The bridge is 61’0″ long with a clear span of 25’9″. It has an overall width of 23’6″ with a roadway width of 14’0″ and a maximum vertical clearance of 14’1″. There is a sidewalk on the Little Squam side of the bridge. The bridge is posted for ten tons.

Maintained By: Town of Ashland

World Guide Number: 29-05-112

New Hampshire Number: 65

Please enjoy the video below of  the Graton Family, Master Bridgewright

Arnold Graton Gets Preservation Award for accomplishments in video below.  Please watch

Milton and Arnold Graton