Priceville Foot Bridge
The Priceville Footbridge was constructed in 1938 as a single span, lacking a center pier, but was destroyed in the spring of 1939 in high water. A second footbridge was built in 1939, which was replaced again in 1988. Both of these bridges have a center pier.
The Priceville Footbridge Tragedy
That was the fateful day five local men, four of them with the family name of Price, attempted to cross the Priceville suspension footbridge as it hung precariously just a few inches above the flood level of the swift-moving Miramichi River. It’s said that the weight of the five forced the decking of the bridge to dip into the current, causing one of the suspension cables to let go, recoiling and flinging the men asunder. Lost immediately to the chilling water were Tennyson Price and Willard Price. James Stewart, a man in his 70’s, hung tough for a time but finally dropped into the river before the eyes of witnesses who could hardly bear to watch. Lawrence Price was cut free from the bridge’s tangled wire and rescued by boat, while David Price managed to cling to the wire until he reached shore.
Directions: Rural Community has signage posted along route
Coming from Boiestown on Route 8, take the McNamee Road exit on your left, Follow the McNamee Road 3.8 km and you will come to a road on your left that crosses a small field. Follow this access road across the field and after 300 meters you will come to the river and the bridge. There is plenty of room to park near the base of the bridge.
Coming from Doaktown on Route 8, take the Carrolls Crossing Road exit on your right. Follow the Carrolls Crosssing Road for 6km and you will come to a road on your right that crosses a small field. Follow this access road across the field and after 300 meters you will come to the river and the bridge. There is plenty of room to park near the base of the bridge.