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Google Doodle honours the Hartland Covered Bridge

07/04/2012 08:29 EDT | Updated 09/03/2012 05:12 EDT
Google.ca is marking the 111th anniversary of the Hartland Bridge by featuring the historic covered bridge as its Google Doodle today.

The world’s longest covered bridge opened on July 4, 1901 and stretches across the St. John River in the western New Brunswick town.

That anniversary is being celebrated by the world's most famous search engine. Each day, Google unveils a new doodle marking an important event on that day in history.

Hartland Mayor Craig Melanson said he wasn't given any advance warning of the drawing.

But the Hartland mayor said he got a call from his daughter Wednesday morning telling him he was the "mayor of Google."

He calls it a "million-dollar advertisement" for the town and the province.

There have been more than 1,000 doodles on Google's homepage since 1998, ranging from a Starry Night-style version of the logo to commemorate Vincent Van Gogh's 152nd birthday on March 29, 2005 to mini, playable version of Pac-Man that commemorated the game's 30th anniversary on May 22, 2010.

The Hartland Covered Bridge is not the only famous span to be honoured by Google recently. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was the daily doodle on May 27.

The Hartland Covered Bridge has become an iconic image in New Brunswick. It was declared a National Historic Site in 1980 and a Provincial Historic Site in 1999.

The bridge was constructed in 1901 by a private company because the provincial government wouldn't build one. The provincial government eventually purchased the bridge in 1906.

Two bridge spans collapsed due to ice in 1920 and when the bridge re-opened in 1922 it was covered.

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