Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge, Cornish Mills New Hampshire

Date added: March 27, 2024 Categories: New Hampshire Covered Bridges Multiple Kingpost Truss
North portal (1974)

Designed and built by James Tasker (1826-1903) of Cornish, New Hampshire. Tasker was paid $812 in February, 1883 after the bridge had been completed the previous year.

James Tasker is believed to have built the following bridges:
Kenyon Bridge, Cornish, NH
Blow-Me-Down Bridge, Cornish, NH
Dingleton Bridge, Cornish, NH
Meriden Bridge, Cornish, NH
Cornish-Windsor Bridge (with Bela Fletcher)
Stoughton Bridge, Windsor County, VT
Salmond's, Windsor County, VT

The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, World Guide to Covered Bridges number for the Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge is 29-10-02; New Hampshire Department of Public Works and Highways number is 080/095.

Bridge Description

The Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge (Cornish Mills Bridge) is an excellent example of a multiple Kingpost Truss type all wood covered bridge. It consists of a single span with an exterior length of 81 feet, and exterior width of 16 1/2 feet; the deck (roadway) is 79 feet long and 14 1/2 feet wide.

The original dry-laid stone abutment remains at the south end of the bridge; a similar abutment at the north end was replaced with concrete in 1954.

The truss contains twenty-two panels and twenty-three posts on each side. The panel posts and top and bottom chords are fastened together with iron bolts. The lower half of the exterior sides of the trusses is sheathed up with plain butted vertical boards (some of which are missing); the upper portion of the trusses is exposed.

The portals are of the segmental/triangular style, sheathed with plain butted vertical boards; the gabled roof (of moderately steep pitch) is covered with corrugated sheet metal, replacing earlier wooden shingles.

Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge, Cornish Mills New Hampshire North portal (1974)
North portal (1974)

Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge, Cornish Mills New Hampshire North portal and east truss (1974)
North portal and east truss (1974)