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Bridges

Bridges have long been a significant, and picturesque, component of Vermont's landscape. They have crossed rivers and lakes, framed the entrances of small villages, carried heavy locomotives, and even floated on water. The bridges of Vermont also span over two-hundred years of bridge building technology, from the early timber truss to the steel beam and girder used today. Although many of these bridges have been lost, particularly during the 1927 flood, they are well documented in the photographic history of Vermont. The ability to identify the type of bridge in an historic image can greatly help in narrowing a date for that image.

Click on the thumbnail below that closely resembles the bridge in your historic image.

Open Timber Truss Covered Metal Truss
Open Timber Truss Covered Metal Truss
Stone Arch Trestle Steel Arch
Stone Arch Trestle Steel Arch
Reinforced-Concrete Beam and Girder Movable Reinforced-Concrete Arch
Concrete Beam and Girder Moving Reinforced Concrete Arch
Steel Beam and Girder Floating Suspension
Steel Beam and Girder Floating Suspension
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