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Contoocook River, Penacook, NH

Postcard of B & M Railroad bridge crossing the Contoocook River near its confluence with the Merrimack River on the north side of Dustin Island, Penacook, NH.

The roadway in the background is US 4 over the Merrimack River at the Hannah Dustin Park and Ride near exit 17 of I-93 in Boscawen.

The bridge was a Town truss that existed at this site from 1875 until 1921. This image is as it appeared about 1905.


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