Posted by Alison on 2/2/2022 to Commemorative Gifts
The current Swing Bridge is, in fact, not the original bridge. The first footbridge was made of wood, built in 1850. The Swing or Swinging Bridge was named for the swaying of the bridge under the substantial foot traffic of mill workers crossing to and from work. In 1869, the bridge was swept away when the Souhegan River flooded.
Three years later they replaced the bridge with the present 200 foot iron cable suspended bridge. It was built by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company out of Connecticut. It has Victorian characteristics such as elaborate finials and lattice. The supporting towers are almost three stories tall.
Due to environmental factors and heavy use of the bridge a full restoration is said to be needed with a price tag of half a million dollars. Visit Milford, New Hampshire soon to see the historic authentic Swing Bridge.