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Blenheim Bridge - NY-48-01
North Blenheim NY - Schoharie County

Photo of Blenheim Bridge


Blenheim Bridge on Jan. 1998



Bridge Statistics
Region:  Schoharie Valley
County:  Schoharie
Town:  Blenheim
Locality:  North Blenheim
Position - Lat: 
Lon: 
N 42º 28.297'
W 74º 26.457'
Owner:  Unknown
Bridge Carries:  Blenheim Bridge
Bridge Crosses:  Schoharie Creek
Bridge Traffic:  Pedestrian
Truss Type:  Long Truss with Center Arch
Long Truss Sketch
Year Built:  1857
Builder:  Nicolas Powers
Structure Characteristics:  Length:  232Ft.
Span:  210Ft.
Width: 26 Ft.
Lanes:  2
Posted Load: None
Posted Vertical Clearance: None
World Guide No.: 32-48-01
National Register of Historic Places Date:
October 15, 1966

Description
The longest single span wooden bridge in the world. The bridge was built in 1855 by Nichols Powers of Pittsford Vermont. He devised a bridge of three trusses on a modified panel plan, with huge pine timber posts, braces and counterbraces bolted together. The trusses are of long truss design. The center truss is higher than the two outside ones, and in this center truss he enclosed a single arch of oak which reaches from below the lower chord on up to the ridgepole at the peak of the roof . It is really three concentric arches, one on top of another, and carefully blocked together to allow air to circulate among them. The covered portion of the bridge is 232 feet long, the trusses 228 feet and the clear span of 210 feet between abutments. This is one of only six covered bridges with two lanes. The bridge width is 26 feet.

Photography
The park on the north side of the bridge is an excellent area to take photographs of this bridge. Easy access under bridge on south side, good for underside and panoramic photos.

Parking
Parking available on either side of bridge. Across the road from the town garage on the north end of the bridge or on the south side of the bridge take a sharp right after crossing steel truss.


Panoramic photo of Blenheim Bridge
Panoramic photo of Blenheim Bridge over Schoharie Creek
before 1998 rehabilitation


Additional Information
We first saw the bridge in September 1996. The siding was damaged in a flood in Jan. of 1996. We saw the bridge many times after that on our trips thru the Schoharie Valley. In the summer of 1997 the siding was replaced and the bridge painted a dark brown. The rehab job on the bridge had just been completed. The bridge smelled of fresh paint and certain bridge members were still stickey from the fresh paint. As part of the construction, a barrier was placed on the south side of the bridge to protect visitors on the bridge from falling from the pier.




Truss and Arch

Photo of Blenheim Truss and Center Arch.   Blenheim Center Arch

The Truss is a Long Truss with a Center Arch



Location Maps

Location map of Blenheim Bridge
The bridge is located in the Town of North Blenheim in Schoharie County


Mapquest Location Map


Location
0.3 miles east of CR31 and North Blenheim on NY30, then 0.1 miles right on bypassed section of NY30. Off NY30, just north of North Blenheim in Schoharie County.



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