HAPPY CORNER BRIDGE
Pittsburg, New Hampshire
- Two hundred yards east of U.S. Route 3, six miles
north of Pittsburg Village on Hill Road over Perry Stream.
- Style of Bridge:
- Paddleford truss (light) with added arches
- Year of Construction:
- mid 1800s
- Original Cost:
- Structural Characteristics:
- The bridge is 60'6" long with a clear span of 55'9". It
has an overall width of 19'5" with a roadway width of
15'6" and has a maximum vertical clearance of 12'4". It is closed to vehicular traffic.
- Maintained By:
- Town of Pittsburg
- World Guide Number:
- New Hampshire Number:
- Historical Remarks:
Happy Corner was a bustling neighborhood in the late 1800s.
At the Perry Stream crossing there was a sawmill, a starch mill,
a store with a post office, a barbershop, and the Temperance
Hall. Nearby was the Danforth School. It has been stated by the
Pittsburg Historical Society that before the building of the
bridge, people used to ford the stream just upstream, where the
water was shallow. The following story is one of several that tell
how the bridge got its name. There was an elderly gentleman
who lived in a house which is still standing on the northeast
corner of the crossroads. This gentleman liked to sing and
dance, and he owned a Victrola which he played frequently.
People congregated at his house generally had a "happy"
time singing and dancing. That's why the crossroads was called
Happy Corner. Happy Corner Bridge is one of the oldest
covered bridges in northern New Hampshire. In the mid 1960s,
it was repaired by the state at a cost of $12,000. The cost of the
repairs was shared by the town of Pittsburg and the state. The
Happy Corner Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Table of Contents
New Hampshire Bridges
New Hampshire Covered Bridges
Compiled and edited by
Richard G. Marshall
Chief System Planning
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Color photographs by Arthur F. Rounds