The Armistice Bridge, also known as the Belfast Pedestrian Bridge, is a beautiful location in Belfast, Maine.
The bridge was first built in 1921 to carry Route 1 over the Passagassawaukeag River. The bridge was built as a memorial to World War 1 veterans and it was used for 42 years to carry cars across the river. It is 1,030 feet long and features a steel stringer design. Over the years, the town of Belfast grew and the need for a bigger bridge was apparent.
In 1963, a new Veteran’s Memorial Bridge was constructed just a few hundred feet away. This new bridge took over the duties of carrying Route 1 across the river. It is far stronger and can carry more cars than the original bridge.
After the new bridge was completed, the original bridge became used by pedestrians. It became a popular location for locals and tourists. In the 21st century, the bridge went through a remodel to make it more pedestrian-friendly. It was rebuilt in 2006 and later lamp posts, benches, and new railings were added to the bridge. A plaque was also erected which has all the World War 1 veterans from Waldo Country, Maine inscribed on it. It was re-named the Armistice Bridge and officially opened in 2010. Today, the bridge honors the Veterans and is a wonderful reminder of the old Belfast and the new growing Belfast. It’s a great spot to enjoy views of Belfast Harbor, go fishing, take a walk, or just sit and read.
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- Constructed: 1921
- Carries: A pedestrian walkway
- Crosses: Passagassawakeag River
- Design/Style: Steel stringer bridge
- Total length: 1,030 feet
- Total width: 30 feet
- Address: 6 Footbridge Rd
- Town: Belfast
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 44.43197 Lng -69.00843
- Parking notes: There are about a dozen parking spots right next to the Armistice Bridge on Water Street. There is also a small parking lot off Bridge Street for overflow.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE