Grist Mill Bridge
East Lebanon, Maine
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- Beginning at the Post Office in Sanford, Maine, travel along School Street toward Elm Street for
- Turn right onto Elm Street and travel for
- Turn right onto ME-4A / ME-109 / Main Street and travel for
- Turn left onto US-202 / ME-11 / Carl Broggi Highway / Lebanon Street and travel for
- Turn left onto Little River Road and travel for
1.9 miles. If you reach Chick Road, you've gone too far.
The Grist Mill Bridge spans the Little River and is located about 3 miles south of East Lebanon on the Little River Road. The Grist Mill Bridge is a stone and timber structure which spans the Little River, just east of the 1774 Old Grist Mill. It is composed of laid rubblestone, rising approximately thirteen feet above normal stream water levels. The bridge deck is fifty-four feet long and twenty-four feet wide.
Its existing configuration dates from the early 1950's, when the present design replaced a simpler structure utilizing round logs for stringers, a plank deck, and guardrails of triangular supports linked by a wooden rail. The southeast abutment continues for some fifty feet, acting as a base and retaining wall for the road surface.
In 1993, a major renovation project replaced the timber superstructure in-kind and restored the stone pier and abutments. This bridge was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1990.
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