What is a Kissing Bridge?
A kissing bridge is actually just another name for a covered bridge. The longest covered bridge in the United States now stands in Cornish, New Hampshire crossing the Connecticut River into Windsor, Vermont. It was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 1970 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The Cornish-Windsor Bridge seen today is the fourth one built on that site. The first, built in 1796, was more than likely not covered and was destroyed by a flood in 1824. Two subsequent bridges were also swept away by the raging river in the floods of 1848 and 1866. In 1866 the present bridge was designed and built by James Tasker, a rural construction genius who could not read or write.
Why are Coverd Bridges Covered?
1. To keep the snow off the floor of the bridge?
"Those are a few of the old wives tales. The actual truth to
it all is that the bridges were covered to protect the wooden trusses
that held the bridge together. If the trusses were left to the sun,
wind, and rain, the life expectancy was about ten years. When they
covered, their life span increased tenfold." (source: Vermont
Only Web site)
What would you do if you could walk through a covered bridge over the Connecticut River?
out the window to see the river?