“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Waypoint Center

Waypoint Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
1. Waypoint Center Marker
Inscription.  The Bellows Falls Waypoint Center stands in an old railyard which once served the Boston and Maine Railroad. Once the railroads came through, in 1849, the area was built up with many storage buildings used by local businesses for receiving deliveries from the railroad-ranging from coal to flour and feed. A tall water tank was located near to the tracks to service the frequent steam locomotives. While these buildings are gone, leaving only the old former stable immediately next to the canal, the area continues as a vital rail center.

The Waypoint Center, representative of a train locomotive and railroad station platform, reminds one of the busy railyard of days past. Bisecting the platform, the sidewalk and soaring steel arches evoke the old Arch Bridge which had graced the community for much of the last century. The longest arch bridge in the US when it was built in 1905, it was demolished in 1982. The Waypoint’s overall layout mirrors the shape of the nearby village center, where Rockingham and Canal Streets meet to become the Town Square. Here a “bridge” and a “train” cross paths, creating a square, the patio
Waypoint Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
2. Waypoint Center Marker
meeting area. In these architectural details, the Waypoint Center narrates some of the history of Bellows Falls, and now occupies its own special place in the heart of our historic rail district.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 43° 8.136′ N, 72° 26.682′ W. Marker is in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in Windham County. Marker is on Depot Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellows Falls VT 05101, 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. Bellows Falls (here, next to this marker); Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bellows Falls Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Connecticut River Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away in New Hampshire); John Kilburn Cabin (approx. 1.6 miles away in New Hampshire); Rev. John Williams (approx. 3 miles away); Rockingham Meetinghouse (approx. 4.2 miles away); Rockingham Meeting House (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellows Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 415 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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