- Item 31153 - Hallowell-Chelsea Cribwork Bridge, Chelsea, ca. 1860
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- Item 31153
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The Hallowell-Chelsea crib bridge was constructed in 1860. A group of Hallowell residents formed a corporation to build the bridge to compete with one in Augusta.Show Details
A mineral spring opened at Togus, several miles east of Hallowell, and the businessmen hoped to intercept tourists traveling there. They believed the bridge in Hallowell was a more direct route than crossing the river in Augusta.
The bridge saw little use in the ten years of its existence. An old Hallowell resident once recounted that the main use of the bridge was to deliver coal to Chelsea. The Togus health spa failed and the property became the first veterans hospital in the United States.
The floods of 1869 and 1870 destroyed the bridge and all that remains is the center pier at extremely low tides.