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Livermore Falls - Dangerous, Beautiful and Historic New Hampshire



Livermore Falls...Campton New Hampshire.

livermore falls

 Livermore falls is home to one of the best cliff jumping experiences around and one of the most dangerous. It is a local phenomenon and on a nice day there may be anywhere from 10-50 people swimming in this area. There are 14 documented deaths mainly contributed to people jumping off this bridge.  This bridge is about 65 ft above water at the base and 105 from the top yet I have seen people jump from both areas. I admit to jumping from the bottom span back in my college days (and dislocating my right shoulder…the words lucky to be alive ring in my ears when I visit). There are multiple cliffs you can jump from ranging from 20ft, 40ft, and 60ft high. There is also an extremely large rope swing hanging from the bridge. When one goes off this rope swing the echo of the old metal bridge can be heard from up to half a mile away and the bridge seems to just rest on the granite on both sides of the river. The danger of this brings up much controversy and many locals would like to take the bridge down completely. The bridge is located over what seems to be the strongest part of the Pemigewasset River. The roar of the white water is constant…I have yet to visit the site when the falls were not capable of sweeping away anyone caught in its pull away. However there are several nice sandy beaches at Livermore…and there are rocky areas that offer calmer waters. The cautious can have a nice dip if you choose to step in at the right location, and there is nothing better than a mountain river on a hot summer’s day.

                                    The Bridge in the early 1900's....


 livermore falls bridge

More about the bridge: this lenticular truss bridge, which probably could be argued to be nationally significant, has been allowed to sit abandoned, and one span allowed to collapse. This bridge is as rare as or rarer than any of this state's many preserved covered bridges. A little research reveals that this may be one of the last bridges of this type in the country. It was built in 1885 and closed to traffic in 1959

.......... The falls in the 1900's

...................... Today.

 livermore falls pemi river

Site history:

1788…the site of the First NH State fish Hatchery.

1880- 1950…Several Owners of Pulp mills, Tanneries, a shingle mill and a fiberwood company used the riverfront site…with fires, floods and change of ownership…along the way

1920…the Spear memorial Hospital operated there until 1946, when the new hospital opened in Plymouth.

The use as a mill ended in 1973 when a big flood destroyed the powerhouse.

Several attempts to convert this to a Hydro-electric plant in the mid 1980’s (that permit was denied in 1988) and local community involvement lead to a movement in 1992 the site became state forest land.

 ...Power house in the 1900's.


Today... A pile of Graffiti Strewn concrete walls...with a great river view.

It's a shame but it doesn't have to be.?


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Comment balloon 1 commentSteve Loynd • June 05 2014 08:27AM
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