Letter: Want history? Go to Vermont
I was surprised to see the old Depot Street Bridge of Boscawen was still standing (“Boscawen accepting bids to remove historical bridge over Merrimack River,” Monitor, Dec. 4). The Granite State has done a bang-up job of removing historic steel truss bridges. Few remain, and those that do are disappearing at an alarming rate.
This year they razed New Hampshire’s most historic steel bridge, the Memorial Bridge of Portsmouth. Next year it will be the Depot Street Bridge mentioned here.
And in 2014 will it be the Sewalls Falls Bridge? The Meadow Bridge of Shelburne Falls in 2016?
And why bother with historical markers at former bridge crossings? Why construct informational kiosks? No one here cares. Historic preservation does not count for much in New Hampshire’s hard-boiled market-only driven culture. We are what we are. We need to accept that.
And when a visitor asks me where historic sites are, and where they can experience authentic New England culture, like Horace Greeley I point west. I say “Vermont.”
STEVEN W. LINDSEY