Monadnock Moments No. 51: The First Connecticut River Bridge
Colonel Hale, a well known and prosperous citizen of Rindge, petitioned the New Hampshire legislature for the right to build and operate a toll bridge between Walpole and Bellows Falls. He was granted a charter for construction in December of 1783. Hale soon moved to Walpole and began construction. The process was long and difficult as one young worker died when he fell from the bridge to the rocks below.