The Remarkable Bridge In Maine That Everyone Should Visit One of the things we love best about Maine is the history. And we don’t mean history that’s taught in every school across the state. Some of the most interesting history in Vacationland might seem insignificant those those on the outside. A small general store, a tavern and even this bridge. It might not be notable to anyone outside of the state, but it’s a great example of our state’s history of which we’re very proud!
The New Portland Wire Bridge found in New Portland, Maine might seem missable if you're not already in the area. And, there's a good chance you won't already be in the area. New Portland is a town with about 730 people, located between Bangor and the Canadian border. Accessible, but off-the-beaten-path.
The bridge crosses the Carrabassett River and it was once used simply to allow those in New Portland to get around - or for others to arrive in the town. While the exact date of building isn't clear, it's believed to have been built around 1866. And, while other Maine bridges that were built around the same time have come and gone, this one has remained.
For over 150 years, this bridge has stood the test of time. While it's undergone some repairs, the original wires are still in full effect! In fact, this bridge is the last remaining wire suspension bridge in the state and it's believed to be the last of it's kind in all of America. You can cross the bridge by taking Wire Bridge Road, but be sure to check for other cars. Or, if you choose to simply admire it, you can do so from the banks of the river at any time of year.
To find the bridge, head to North New Portland and follow the signs off of Route 146. Soon enough, the road will lead you to Wire Bridge Rd.
If we’ve got you on a bridge kick now, check out this article featuring some of our favorite bridges in the Lakes & Mountains region of Maine. ...