Harpswell Maine Scrapbook


Harpswell Scrapbook: Cribstone Bridge
Building the Bridge



One of the most notable structures to be made of local granite was the 1,120 foot long cribstone bridge that was built in 1927 to join Orr's and Bailey's Islands in Harpswell. This bridge, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, allows the strong tide to flow through its openwork abutments; it is thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. 'Me 12 foot granite slabs, which are only held in place by gravity, were split from the Ledge that runs through North Yarmouth-Pownal line, and both towns can rightly claim to have supplied the stone. It was shipped by wagon, then by stone-sloop from Marsh Landing where Route 1 crosses the West branch of Cousin's River in Yarmouth. This was one of the last large contracts for local granite. (Photo Maine Dept. of Transportation.)

Before Route l was built across the marshes, granite was loaded at Davis's Landing on the County Road to Freeport, the sloops being towed up there stem first at high tide.

John Neal, a Portland lawyer and writer, built some handsome Greek Revival style townhouses on State St. in Portland, buying the North Yarmouth granite quarry in 1836 to produce the care­fully worked stone for his project. This is the first documented use of the granite.

From the clipping with the picture

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