New Portland, Maine: Wire Suspension Bridge

For those who think driving across 200 feet of wooden planks on a single-lane 150-year-old suspension bridge in the middle of nowhere is fun.
Wire Bridge Rd, New Portland, ME
Take ME-27 north from Farmington to New Portland (approximately 15 miles). Turn right onto ME-146E and then take the first left onto Old Kingfield Rd, and then the first right onto Wire Bridge Rd. Continue on Wire Bridge Rd for 0.7 mile.
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Wire Suspension Bridge

An engineering marvel for its day, the Wire Bridge was built in the small town of New Portland in the 1860s over the Carrabassett River. It has a cedar-shingled tower at each end, a single lane, a 198-foot-long roadbed of wooden planks, and wire cables holding it all in place. It is the only survivor of four similarly unique bridges built in Maine in the 1800s, and is probably the only bridge of this type still standing in the U.S.

[Rena Webber, 08/11/2019]

We'd rather not know what happened to the other three bridges.

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