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Townshend in Windham County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Scott Bridge

Longest Wooden Span in Vermont

 
 
Scott Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
1. Scott Bridge Marker
Inscription.  This 277’ bridge, built in 1870 by Harrison Chamberlain, consists of two king post trusses and a 166’ Town lattice truss. The latter was the longest wooden span in Vermont. In 1981 a concrete pier was constructed to provide support. An earlier attempt to strengthen the bridge with the addition of a laminated bow arch was not successful.

 
Erected 1990 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 43° 2.922′ N, 72° 41.768′ W. Marker is in Townshend, Vermont, in Windham County. Marker is on Vermont Route 30, half a mile south of Dam Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Townshend VT 05353, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Simpsonville Stone Arch Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away); Taft Homestead Site (approx. 2.6 miles away); Clarina Howard Nichols (approx. 2.6 miles away); West River Railroad (approx.
Scott Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
2. Scott Bridge and Marker
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4.8 miles away); Newfane Honor Roll (approx. 4.8 miles away); Newfane World War II Monument (approx. 4.8 miles away); Newfane Civil War Monument (approx. 4.8 miles away); In Memory of Jonathan Park (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Scott Bridge. The bridge carried Back Side Road over the West River, about ½ mile south of Townshend Dam. Only pedestrian traffic is permitted.
 
Sign Over the Portal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
3. Sign Over the Portal
Speed Limit
Horses at a Walk
Motor Vehicles
10 Miles Per Hr
Scott Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
4. Scott Bridge and Marker
Scott Bridge - north side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
5. Scott Bridge - north side
Scott Bridge - south side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
6. Scott Bridge - south side
View of the West River to the south from Scott Bridge. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, October 5, 2009
7. View of the West River to the south from Scott Bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,049 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 15, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022