Casselman River Bridge State Park, Grantsville

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Casselman Bridge is an historic transportation structure located east of Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland. The bridge was built to carry the National Road across the Casselman River. Historic markers posted at each end read:
Since 1957, the structure, which has also been known as Casselmans Bridge, Castleman's Bridge, and Little Crossings Bridge, has been preserved by the state of Maryland as Casselman River Bridge State Park. The bridge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and placed on the National Historic Register in 1966.
The 354ft stone arch bridge spans 48ft with a 30ft arch. The bridge was constructed in 1813-1814 to aid in the westward movement through the frontier wilderness west of Cumberland, Maryland. The first wheeled vehicles crossed the bridge in 1815. As a "tidal wave" of western expansion followed the opening of the National Road, Casselman Bridge had heavy traffic that included wagons drawn by 12-horse teams and carrying 10-ton loads. A small portion of the original National Road still exists at the approaches to the bridge.
The bridge was strengthened for motorized traffic in 1911 and continued in service as a highway until 1933, when a modern steel span was built nearby to serve what is now US Route 40 Alternate. In the 1940s and early 1950s, efforts were made to preserve the bridge when sections started to crumble and fall apart. The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1953 and partially restored by the state in the mid-1950s. Additional maintenance occurred in 1979, 1996, 2002, and 2012.
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  • The bridge is very striking and picture perfect. We enjoyed strolling through the small artisan village and speaking with the talented men and women who create baskets, pottery, and many other works.....  more »
  • Casselman River Bridge State Park is a lovely spot. The historic stone bridge was formerly used for traffic, but is now a pedestrian bridge. There are signs explaining the history of the bridge...  more »
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  • The park is quite beautiful, but don't expect to do much walking. It is basically the bridge and some grounds. It would be nice for a picnic with the tables there or photography due to the scenery. We also saw swimmers in the river with their dogs.
  • Nice area, but I personally would rather see a 200+ year old bridge that I can't walk across rather than a bridge that I CAN walk across but has been redone. I'm a fan of history, so I guess it's just personal preference.

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