Steel Bridge View

Downtown Henniker - The 1936 Flood and Aftermath

Steel Bridge View

Henniker, New Hampshire 03242, United States

Created By: Henniker Historical Society


Proceed across the steel bridge using the sidewalk for safety.

Location 6 is the steel bridge, also known as the Leatherboard Bridge, at the lower falls area. This spot on the Contoocook River was a frequent crossing point of early settlers and became a natural site for bridge placement.

During the flood, Henniker residents attempted to save the bridge. In the during photo, you see them making efforts to do so. The bridge was struck by a large piece of ice and lifted off the abutments at 11 a.m. on March 19, 1936. The ice caused the bridge’s steel framework to tumble in the flood waters. The remains came to rest about 300 yards downstream.


You have completed the Flood of 1936 historic walking tour of Henniker. Return to your vehicle following the same route. Finish your tour with a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on Main Street and relax while enjoying the beautiful Contoocook River scenery! Thank you for participating and we hope you enjoyed learning about the Contoocook’s River impact on Henniker!

Photos are property of the Henniker Historical Society and Museum and may not be reproduced without permission.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Downtown Henniker - The 1936 Flood and Aftermath


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