This Terrifying Swinging Bridge In Maine Will Make Your Stomach Drop

The Androscoggin Swinging Bridge was built in 1892 to allow workers at the Cabot Mill to cross the Androscoggin River between Topsham and Brunswick. This pedestrian suspension bridge is over 330 feet long and very narrow. Though the bridge has been repaired a few times over the years, and many parts have been replaced, the cables are original to the 19th-century structure. The bridge was built by John A Roebling’s Sons Company, the same firm that constructed the Brooklyn Bridge. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

The experience of crossing the bridge varies a lot with the weather. If you’re afraid of heights, it can be a frightening trip when the river is flooded, as you can see in the video below. However, the bridge provides breathtaking views on a sunny day, as shown in these photos.

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Have you ever visited the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge? Did you find it frightening or fun to walk across?