This week’s Sunday Sign is rather small—it marks the covered bridge across the Squam River in Ashland, New Hampshire.
Built in 1990, the Squam Bridge isn’t an historic covered bridge. But it is significant because it represents the idea and values of the residents of Ashland, New Hamphsire.
Rather than replace an existing condemned bridge with a modern, 2-lane steel bridge, the citizens of Ashland opted for a traditional wooden, one-laned structure. Most of the $200,000 needed to build the bridge came from 500 donors, but bake sales and other simple fundraisers also contributed the money needed to build the bridge. It’s just a guess on my part, but I expect the wooden structure cost a whole lot less than a 2-lane steel bridge.
I visited New Hampshire once—for about 65 hours—in April 2009. I was already in love with New Hampshire before I arrived. And I loved the state even more after my brief visit. I had hoped to move to New Hampshire, but timing and circumstances (I felt I had to follow through on a prior commitment) kept that from happening. Someday, perhaps.
The Sunday Sign is a weekly series of The Ben Franklin Follies.