Near Hart's Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
The high steel trestle above was built in 1893 to replace a wrought iron trestle of 1875, and was strengthened in 1930 and 1950. Named for American Artist Godfrey N. Frankenstein (1820-1873), the adjacent cliff and gulf were formidable barriers to completion of the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad, later the Maine Central, which connected Portland, ME, and the Great Lakes. Trains used the trestle until 1983. It now carries excursion trains through Crawford Notch.
Erected 2009 by New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. (Marker Number 0213.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 44° 9.368′ N, 71° 21.823′ W. Marker is near Hart's Location, New Hampshire, in Carroll County. Marker is on Crawford Notch Road (U.S. 302), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located just off US Route 302. The parking area is unpaved. A highway sign alerting travelers to a "Historical Landmark Ahead" is posted. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bartlett NH 03812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Site of the Willey House (approx. 2˝ miles away); Willey Boulders (approx. 2˝ miles away); Crawford Depot (approx. 4.9 miles away); Crawford House (approx. 4.9 miles away); Sawyer's Rock (approx. 5.8 miles away); Crawford Notch Road (approx. 5.8 miles away); Piece of Sawyer's Rock (approx. 6.8 miles away); Bartlett Snow Roller (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hart's Location.
Regarding Frankenstein Trestle. The Frankenstein trestle is best viewed in the winter and early spring. Foliage during the summer and fall largely prevent you from seeing the trestle.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Frankenstein Trestle. In 1867, a group of Maine businessmen, including a former governor, formed the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad Company for the purpose of building a rail line from Portland, Maine, to Ogdensburg, New York. (Submitted on October 20, 2010.)
2. The Frankenstein Trestle. A waymarking post showing the marker before going missing. (Submitted on July 7, 2011.)
3. Mountain Division / Maine Central Railroad. (Submitted on July 14, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Conway Scenic Railroad. Only the longest excursions cross the trestle. (Submitted on September 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2010, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 1,173 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 4, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos: 1. submitted on June 20, 2014. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on September 9, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.