Dusk over Weirs Bay
The best time to go WALKING is at dawn or at dusk, or during the morning or afternoon. At dawn, the sun rises over the Ossipee Mountains, showering the beach in golden light of amber and ochre. At dusk, the setting sun illuminates the Ossipee Mountain range in indigo hues of violet and lavender.
During the morning or afternoon, you should continue your walk to the stone bridge over the Weirs channel, from where you can observe the beach, the boat traffic below and the beautiful mountains in the distance.
Click here to enlarge the above view of the Weirs Channel and for several more views from the 1950s-1960s
HISTORIC BEACH PHOTOS
Click here for a larger, detailed picture of the above beach scene from the early 60’s
Click here to enlarge the above circa-1960 beach scene, plus to see two bonus pictures
Another beautiful 1960’s beach scene, showing the Mount departing Weirs Beach. Click here to enlarge.
Click here to see a large version of the above linen postcard from the early 1950’s.
Another linen postcard of Weirs Beach from the early 1950’s. Click here to enlarge and for another early 1950’s view of the beach.
THE AQUEDOCTAN STONE BRIDGE OVER THE WEIRS CHANNEL
Below is a photo of the current stone bridge (built in 1932) over the Weirs channel, as viewed from Endicott Rock Park. From the pedestrian sidewalk, there are fine views of Weirs Bay, and the best viewing angle from Weirs Beach of the 4 peaks of the Sandwich mountain range – Mt. Paugus, Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, and Sandwich Mountain (r to l). For an absolutely spectacular panoramic view of the Weirs Bay, annotated with the names of all the individual peaks, click here. (Panorama courtesy of DCR)
In the 1933 postcard below, the U.S. mailboat Marshall Foch passes underneath the Aquedoctan stone bridge, built at a cost of about $80,000. Endicott Rock park was expanded in 1938 by partially filling in the Weirs Channel up to the Endicott Rock monument, at which time the 1901 steel footbridge to the monument was removed.
HISTORY OF THE WEIRS CHANNEL BRIDGE
The first bridge to cross the Weirs Channel was built in 1804 and was made of wood. Several more wooden bridges were built, including the covered bridge pictured below, before 1883.
Click here to see a rare, stereoview photograph of the covered wooden bridge over the Weirs Channel, presumably the same one as was drawn in the above illustration.
The steel bridge above, known as a lenticular truss bridge because of its curves that resemble a convex lens, was built over the Weirs Channel in 1883, at a cost of about $2000; but it was not built strong enough for the Laconia Street Railway trolley cars; and so it was replaced by the steel structure below in 1899.
Above is the steel bridge that was built in 1899 over the Weirs Channel to carry electric trolley cars from Laconia to Weirs Beach. The trolley service continued until 1925. The type of bridge is a Pratt truss bridge. Invented in Boston in 1844, the Pratt truss is a common type of railroad bridge that can be constructed in various configurations.
The Laconia Street Railway open-air trolley heads north to Weirs Beach, while an early automobile heads south. The U.S. mailboat Uncle Sam passes underneath. Click here for a larger view.
Another early 1900’s view of the 1899 bridge shows how wide the Weirs Channel was at the time.