“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brookfield in Orange County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

The Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, June 24, 2016
1. The Floating Bridge Marker
Inscription. Since 1820, eight versions of the Floating Bridge have spanned Sunset Lake, each serving as a unique gateway to Brookfield Village. Previous versions of the bridge were constructed with a variety of materials, including massive timbers, 50-gallon barrels, and Styrofoam. The eighth version opened in 2015 and was intended to reflect the overall design and aesthetics of the previous crossings, but is constructed with a state-of-the-art flotation system to allow for easier maintenance and segmental replacement. Brookfield’s is the only floating bridge in Vermont, and remains an important community landmark and gathering place for the town.
Erected 2015 by Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Location. 44° 2.543′ N, 72° 36.242′ W. Marker is in Brookfield, Vermont, in Orange County. Marker is on Vermont Route 65. Touch for map. At Sunset Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Brookfield VT 05036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Davenport Birthplace (approx. 6.4 miles away); Thomas Davenport (approx. 6.4 miles away); Randolph State Normal School (approx. 7.1 miles away); Norwich University (approx. 7.1 miles away); Randolph (approx. 7.1 miles away); Jonathan Peckham Miller (approx. 7.1 miles away); In the late 1950’s Rock of Ages experimented with making lanes out of granite... (approx. 9.6 miles away); Tunbridge World's Fair (approx. 12 miles away).
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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