Where in Maine?


Can you name this bridge and the town where it’s found?

Photographed by Susan Cole Kelly

[T]he emerald hue and gentle swoop of this charming span’s cables seem to imitate the color and contour of the surrounding landscape. The world’s smallest suspension bridge (depending on whom you ask), it straddles the tidal intersection of a river and a millpond and connects at the far end to trails on 17 acres of sylvan peninsula. In the opposite direction, a long, curving causeway leads toward the nearby harbor and a popular crescent-shaped beach. In 1726, a group of industry-minded residents — in a town among Maine’s oldest — built a dam to create the pond and power a sawmill and a gristmill. The bridge didn’t come for another 210 years. Crossing in the 1940s, the story goes, a troop of Girl Scouts noticed a slight sway and named the bridge accordingly. Their nickname stuck and now lends itself not just to the bridge but also to a nearby distiller of whiskey, rum, and vodka (which, consumed, might exaggerate any pre-existing swaying sensation).

If you can name this bridge and the town where it’s found, write us at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843 (with “Where in Maine” on the envelope); send an email to editorial@downeast.com; or post a comment below. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue — and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.

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