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a covered bridge – the Burpee Bridge, Queens County, New Brunswick

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Last weekend, driving home from Miramichi, we followed the Grand Lake Road.  It is mostly unpopulated, devoted to tree plantations and a preservation site for mature white pine.

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Along the way, we stopped in at the Burpee Covered Bridge on the Gaspereau River near Gaspereau Forks, Queens County.  This bridge is listed as Gaspereau River #2 in the April 1992 pamphlet ’Covered Bridges in New Brunswick’ (no author indicated).   This means there was once another covered bridge crossing the Gaspereau River but it is now gone.

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The Burpee Bridge was built in 1913.  It is 167′ 9″ long with a span of  163′ 6″.   The roadway width is 14′ 8″, and the load limit is 8 t.   The maximum clearance is 3.9 meters.

The bridge is on a main road and the grounds on both sides of the river are nicely kept and mowed.  The bridge was named for the family living nearby in 1913.

Inside the bridge, there is a window, with a good view of the Gaspereau River, showing the exposed bedrock of the river banks.

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The rafters of the bridge are populated with swallows and their nests.  The swallows chirped at me and swooped in and out of the bridge while I was there.

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I couldn’t find any carvings in the failing light, but the inside of the bridge is covered in graffiti.

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A lot of fluorescent paint has been used and it would be interesting to shine a black light inside the bridge … no doubt it would glow with spooky color …

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We didn’t visit this bridge in 1992 as part of our Covered Bridge Project for Canada’s 125th anniversary.  I am sorry we didn’t do more bridges that year … some are now gone, and it is interesting to compare the information for those that have survived.

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This year, on July 27, the community plans a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Burpee Bridge.  The bridge will be turned (temporarily) into a museum of photos and artifacts about the bridge and community.  Keeping our covered bridges in the eye of the community helps to preserve their heritage and value.  It also encourages sharing of the wonderful stories about the part these bridges have played in our communities and lives.

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

July 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

a covered bridge – the Marven Bridge, Kings County, New Brunswick

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In late June, we drove to Sussex to do some errands.  On the way back, we drove off the highway to find the covered bridge over the Belleisle Creek (Kings County).  This bridge is known as the Marven Bridge and is listed as Belleisle Creek #2 in the April 1992 pamphlet ’Covered Bridges in New Brunswick’ (no author indicated).   This means there was once another covered bridge crossing the Belleisle Creek but it is now gone.

The Marven Bridge was built in 1903.  It is 79′ long with a span of  71′.   The roadway width is 15′ 8″, and the load limit is 10 t.   The maximum clearance is 15′ 8″.

The bridge is on a relatively good road in a steep valley.  The blackberries were blooming in profusion along the road near the entryway to the bridge.

Inside the bridge, there is damage to the window openings where boards have been kicked out beside and below the windows.  Otherwise the bridge is in good condition.  We didn’t stop to look at carvings inside the bridge, but I saw a lot of graffiti as we crossed, including a giant ‘2012’.

We didn’t visit this bridge in 1992 as part of our Covered Bridge Project for Canada’s 125th anniversary.  However, my husband remembers going fishing there many years ago.

I was disappointed to discover we did not bring the camera on this drive, but I did a quick sketch on site and a painting when we arrived home.  I hope you like it!!!

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June 26, 2013 ‘Marven Covered Bridge, Kings County’ Jane Tims

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

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