How the Covered Bridge was Built

How the Covered Bridge was Built (HM26SR)

Location: Albany, NH 03818 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 0.351', W 71° 14.456'

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Builder Amzi Russell who lived at what is now the Russell-Colbath homestead, was an industrious and versatile nearby builder.
His crew of three to thirty local hands were not engineers. But they were extremely skilled craftsmen who worked from a sketch to build as they went.


The ingenious builders had only hand tools for shaping, finishing and joining these great logs.
The primary tools, broad axe and adze, shaped rough-hewn logs into smooth, squared timbers.
An auger was used to bore holes in planks to which long hardwood spikes called "treenails" (pronounced "trunnels") were driven, securing the beams to each other.
Granite quarrying was also done with hand tools.

Using Local Materials

The forest provided ample supply of the trees needed to build the bridge.
Granite abutments were found nearby.

Mystery of the Carved Log
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HM NumberHM26SR
Placed ByForest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 320351 N 4874963
Decimal Degrees44.00585000, -71.24093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 0.351', W 71° 14.456'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 0' 21.06" N, 71° 14' 27.36" W
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Area Code(s)603
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Albany NH 03818, US
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