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Middle Falls or Olmstead Falls or Bancroft, Franklin County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-06-36x
County: Franklin County
Township: Sheldon
Town/Village: Sheldon Springs
Bridge Name: Middle Falls or Olmstead Falls or Bancroft
Crosses: Missisquoi River
Truss type: Burr
Spans: 1
Length:
Roadway Width:
Built:
Builder:
When Lost: Nov 1927
Cause: Flood
Latitude: N44 54.59
Longitude: W072 58.40
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Middle Falls or Olmstead Falls or Bancroft Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Flood Nov 1927
Todd Clark Collection


Middle Falls or Olmstead Falls or Bancroft Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Flood Nov 1927
Margaret Foster Collection, NSPCB Archives

Comments:
18-panel truss. Per the St. Albans Daily Messenger and Advertiser, March 25, 1884, "...the selectmen have called the town together to see if the town will build a new bridge across the Missisquoi river, near the fair grounds [VT/45-06-35]. The town is bonded for the L.M.V.R.R. for $44,000, which is thought to be sufficiently large for this small town without adding the building of a new bridge, and the voters, no doubt will so order by 7 to 1.----The town supports a covered bridge near Olmsted Falls [VT/45-06-36], and another near the residence of B. Fisk, North Sheldon [VT/45-06-49]----both across the Missisquoi river; also a covered bridge in the village of Sheldon [VT/45-06-34], and another at the mouth of Black Creek where it empties into the Missisquoi river [VT/45-06-54].----We understand there is another petition out to build a new bridge near the residence of J. G. Emery [VT/45-06-38]." Per The Burlington Free Press, September 13, 2017, "In 1887 the state of Vermont built a bridge across the Missisquoi River near Sheldon Junction. This was two-span bridge 148 feet long. The cost was approximately $13,000. This bridge fell in the flood of 1927. It crossed the Missisquoi River from the now 'Casino Road' to the former 'Main Street.' The former Main Street ran along the river, under the CVRR Railroad bridge and continued along the river to the intersection with the Bouchard Road and then into the village."
Sources:
The Burlington Free Press, September 13, 2017.
St. Albans Daily Messenger and Advertiser, March 25, 1884.
NSPCB Archives, Richard Sanders Allen Collection, Paper Files, Vermont Lists & Maps, Folder 1

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