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Inventory Number: VT/45-06-01x
County: Franklin County
Township: Enosburg
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Hopkins
Crosses: Trout River
Truss type: Town
Spans: 1
Length: 84'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1875
Builder: Sheldon & Savanard Jewett
When Lost: c1999
Cause: Rebuilt
Latitude: N44 55.236
Longitude: W072 40.377
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Directions: 2.3 miles southeast of jct VT105 onVT118, then just right on Hopkins Rd. at Enosburg/Montgomery town line. Southeast of Berkshire.

Hopkins Bridge, Enosburg, Franklin County, VT Built 1875 Lost c1999
Bill Caswell Photo


Hopkins Bridge, Enosburg, Franklin County, VT Built 1875 Lost c1999
C. Ernest Walker Photo, NSPCB Archives


Hopkins Bridge, Enosburg, Franklin County, VT Built 1875 Lost c1999
Philippe Bonnet Photo, October 11, 1959, NSPCB Archives


Hopkins Bridge, Enosburg, Franklin County, VT Built 1875 Rebuilt c1999
Todd Clark Collection

Comments:
The earlier covered bridge at this location was built by Sheldon & Savanard Jewett in 1875. It is the earliest covered bridge documented to have been built by the Jewett’s. That likely was a replacement for an earlier bridge damaged by ice. According to the St. Albans Daily Messenger of Monday, March 9, 1874, “The ice in Trout River broke up the fifth time, March 4th. The river has not been as high for 5 years. Head’s bridge in Montgomery was carried away; and the Hopkins’ bridge in Enosburgh, and Anderson’s bridge in Berkshire were somewhat damaged.” An article in the Rutland Daily Herald of Sunday, March 23, 1980 notes that it was built “by the Jewett brothers and someone named Fergusson.” That earlier bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 1974. In 1993, it closed as being unsafe for traffic and bypassed by a temporary bridge. In 1999, at a cost of $320,649.00, the bridge was completely rebuilt. The bridge serves a farm on a dead-end road.
Sources:
St. Albans Daily Messenger, Monday, March 9, 1874, Page 2.
Conwill, Joseph D.. Images of America - Vermont Covered Bridges, 2004, page 106

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