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Hartland Covered bridge, New Brunswick, Google Doodle

Hartland, New Brunswick’s covered bridge got a Google Doodle today to mark the 111th anniversary of its opening.

The 391m-long covered bridge — the longest in the world — officially opened July 4, 1901, and has spanned the St. John River ever since.

It was built privately after a group of citizens, faced by government inaction, came together to form the Hartland Bridge Company, and for its first years of operation it was funded by tolls: three cents for pedestrians and six for a horse and wagon.

The government of New Brunswick took over the structure in 1906 and has operated it since.

The bridge was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.

According to Canada’s Historic Places, the bridge’s unique design and physical fabric give the site its heritage value:

Covered bridges date from the first decade of the 19th century when North American buildings began using…

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