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August 31, 2011

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York (Washed Away)

Filed under: Covered Bridge,New York — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 11:08 pm


This wonderful bridge was washed away by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene (August 28/ 2011). This is sad news about one of North America’s most magnificent structures.

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1855

Builders: Nichols Powers

Description: This is a magnificent structure, the world’s longest single span covered bridge at 228 feet. On top of that it is two lane. It has an interesting structure made up of Long Trusses with a Center Arch.

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

Blenheim Covered Bridge, New York

This is part of a series on New York’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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  1. Harold, great photos of beautiful and interesting structures. I like the inclusion of internal arch. I’m envious of your last posting. Relaxing on the west coast of Vancouver Island must be a great way to spend some time. Again, great work!-Dwayne

    Comment by Dwayne — July 22, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Harold – I’ve visited and photographed the Blenhiem, and know it isn’t easy. These shots are stunning, you caught it when the light was just right. And aren’t the bottom chord scarfs and shear block joined solid triple encased arches amazing?

    If I might, The Blenhiem’s builder was famed Vermont bridgewright Nichols Powers, all too often misidentified as Nicholas, even right there on historic markers and bronze plaques.

    You might want to plan a return trip to Vancouver Island for something over a year from now. A sixty meter covered span is in the planning, and if all goes well…

    Comment by Will Truax — August 2, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  3. Thanks for the kind words Dwayne. This is such an impressive structure, I wish I could give a better idea of how massive it is. Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — August 3, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  4. Thanks for the kind words Will.Anyone who is interested in Covered Bridges should visit Will’s website, you will be in for a treat.

    That is interesting about plans for Vancouver Island, I will look forward to what may come.

    Thanks also for the correction on the builders name, I appreciate it and have corrected this post.


    Comment by Harold — August 3, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  5. Beautiful pictures of Old Blenheim Bridge. So sad to see it washed away. It’s like part of my childhood, gone.

    Comment by Brenda Scofield — August 29, 2011 @ 5:54 am

  6. Thanks, Brenda. This is very sad. Not only was Blenheim CB one of the most magnificent, it was also built by one of the greatest of the bridge builders.

    Comment by Harold — August 29, 2011 @ 7:13 am

  7. No words can match for the pictures. It’s like our childhood memories are washed away. It just seems like yesterday grandpa was always telling us of the history of Prattsville, and surrounding area. I remember my dad telling us of his childhood and the bridge.It’s just so hard to belief what has happen. Yet VT. has lost one of their covered bridges.

    Comment by Lin Spivey — August 30, 2011 @ 7:47 am

  8. I found a pic of this after Irene on the web and it is sad but true about Old Blenheim. I have it on my fb page. You have wonderful pics of a spot I spent time with my family when I was a child that is a cherished memory. Thank you. If you actually get there to get pics, I would find it interesting to see a pic showing more of the general destruction of the area.

    Comment by Dwight HoganCamp — September 1, 2011 @ 8:02 am

  9. Tragic. At least you have those beautiful images to remember it.

    Comment by Harvey44 — September 4, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

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