New Hampshire’s history is long and not always as peaceful as we’d like to think. We have our fair share of bad deeds, criminals, and downright unfortunate events. But every so often we find a piece of local history that actually has us rethinking the places we’ll visit. This bridge is an example. And while it might be an example of quintessential New England, we might just prefer to look at photos.
The Blair Bridge, located in Campton, spans the Pemigewasset River linking NH Route 175, US Route 3, and I-93. The bridge dates back to 1829 and served an important purpose in the region. But despite being a popular mode of getting from one place to another, this bridge is often believed to be cursed.
The first strange occurrence took place in 1868 when Lem Parker claimed that voices told him to burn down the bridge. Despite his confession there were no witnesses, which saved him from being charged with arson. However, from that point on the bridge was plagued with story after story of unusual accidents.
After the bridge burned, there was a period of time when the river stood in the way of any transportation. Without a bridge locals were forced to take an alternate route. During the period of time when there was no bridge, a horse drowned in the exact spot the bridge should have been. Soon after that a replacement was built and the next few decades went on as normal, though people may have reported feeling the curse while on the bridge. Then, in 2011, the bridge was hit by a giant limb during Hurricane Irene causing $2.5 million worth of damage.
This seems like quite a few unfortunate events for one bridge. What do you think? Cursed or just unlucky?
The Blair Bridge can be visited any time of year. While it does have a creepy back story we can’t deny that it’s pretty. If you choose to visit, let us know if you experience anything unusual. And if you’ve already visited and have any stories, we’d love to read them in the comments! To visit follow these directions where you can input your own starting point.