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Pohénégamook in Témiscouata MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Le Pont International / The International Bridge

 
 
Le Pont International /<br>The International Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2019
1. Le Pont International /
The International Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Français:
Ce petit pont a bien des secrets pour les amoureux, les contrebandiers de cigarettes, de boisson, les pêcheurs et même les touristes… Construit au début du siècle vers 1904, le pont original alors plus large, relie le canton Pohénégamook à celui d'Estcourt. Ce que ses constructeurs ignorent, c'est qu'ils, construisent un pont frontalier entre le Canada et les États-Unis (les bornes officielles ne sont pas encore implantées à ce moment).

À l'époque, cette structure historique permet aux citoyens du village Blier d'avoir accès aux différents commerces de l'autre côté de la rivière. Aucune autre servitude ne dessert directement ces derniers. On y circule surtout à cheval, en auto et aussi à pied. En 1932, le trafic routier est détourné tel qu'actuellement, grâce à la construction du grand pont. Notre petit pont international doit être démoli mais les citoyens vivant le long de la frontière demandent, d'un commun accord, la permission de réduire sa taille et de le rendre piétonnier. Cette permission est accordée à la condition que son entretien soit privé.

En 2008, la crue printanière emporte le
Marker detail: The original international bridge c.1916<br>Le pont international original vers 1916 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Musée McCord / McCord Museum
2. Marker detail: The original international bridge c.1916
Le pont international original vers 1916
pont international. Sa restauration débute aussitôt permettant ainsi à l'histoire du petit pont de se poursuivre...

English:
This little bridge has plenty of secrets to keep for lovers, cigarette and liquor smugglers, fishermen and even for tourists… Built at the beginning of the century, around 1904, the original bridge was wider and connected the township of Pohénégamook with the township of Estcourt. What the builders didn't know was that they were building an international bridge between Canada and the United States (the official boundary markers were not yet installed).

At the time, this historical structure allowed residents of the village of Blier to get to businesses on the other side of the river, since there was no other means of direct access for the villagers. People crossed the bridge mostly on horseback or buggy, by car or on foot. In 1932, with the construction of the main bridge, road traffic was diverted to the route used today. Our little international bridge was threatened with destruction, but the residents along the border, by general consensus, requested permission to make the bridge smaller and limit it to pedestrians. Permission was granted, on the condition that maintenance funding would come from private sources.

In the spring of 2008, high water swept away the international bridge, but restoration work was
Marker detail: 2008 Flood & Reconstruction image. Click for full size.
By Louise Labonté
3. Marker detail: 2008 Flood & Reconstruction
Le pont international cède lors d'une crue dévastatrice en mai 2008.
The International bridge gives way during the devastating flood in May, 2008.

La démolition du pont après la crue des eaux. Juin 2008.
Demolition of the bridge after the spring flood. June, 2008.

La reconstruction débute après une mobilisation collective extraordinaire. Été 2008.
Reconstruction begins after an extraordinary community mobilization. Sumner, 2008.
started immediately to ensure that the story of the little bridge will continue…

(photo captions )
• (top right) Le pont international avant la crue dévastatrice de 2008.
The international bridge before the devastating flood of 2008.

• (bottom left) La contribution de nombreux donateurs et l'apport de vaillants bénévoles assurent la survie du petit pont et la poursuite de son histoire. Automne 2008.
Contributions from many donors and the efforts of hardworking volunteers have ensured the continuation of the story of the little bridge. Fall, 2008.
 
Erected by Ville de Pohénégamook, Route des Frontières, and MRC de Témiscouata.
 
Location. 47° 27.574′ N, 69° 13.466′ W. Marker is in Pohénégamook, Quebec, in Témiscouata MRC. Marker can be reached from Rue de la Frontière half a kilometer north of Rue Principale (Quebec Route 289) when traveling north. Marker is located in Parc de la frontière (Frontier Park), overlooking the subject bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1161 Rue de la Frontière, Pohénégamook, Quebec G0L 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Le bootlegging dans le Transcontinental / Bootlegging in the Transcontinental Region (a few steps from this marker); Le chemin de fer Le Transcontinental / The Transcontinental Railway
Marker detail: The story of the bridge continues, May, 2009 image. Click for full size.
By Jean Lebrun
4. Marker detail: The story of the bridge continues, May, 2009
L'histoire du pont se poursuit et son attrait touristique est renforcé avec l'aménagement du parc de la Frontière. Mai 2009.

The story of the bridge continues and the development of the Parc de la frontière adds to its attraction for tourists. May, 2009.
(a few steps from this marker); La frontière canado-américaine / The Canada-USA Border (a few steps from this marker); Les Chemins de Fer Du Témiscouata / The Témiscouata Railways (within shouting distance of this marker); La gare de Rivière-Bleue / The Rivière-Bleue Train Station (approx. 13.8 kilometers away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Parc de la frontière (Frontier Park)
 
Also see . . .  Estcourt Station / Pohénégamook – Frontier Road / Rang de la Frontiere. The eastern Maine border is a rugged mountain area that is very lightly populated. The tiny town of Estcourt Station has few amenities and a very small population. It is the northernmost point in Maine at the southern end of Lake Pohénégamook. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsParks & Recreational Areas
 
Le Pont International Marker<br>(<i>wide view • International Bridge in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2019
5. Le Pont International Marker
(wide view • International Bridge in background)
Current Railroad & Highway Bridge<br>(<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2019
6. Current Railroad & Highway Bridge
(view from near marker)
Le Pont International / The International Bridge<br>(<i>Maine, United States to Quebec, Canada</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2019
7. Le Pont International / The International Bridge
(Maine, United States to Quebec, Canada)
Le Pont International / The International Bridge (<i>view looking southeast • from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2019
8. Le Pont International / The International Bridge (view looking southeast • from near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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