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Calais or Carnes, Washington County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-12-01x
County: Washington County
Township: Calais
Bridge Name: Calais or Carnes
Crosses: Kingsbury Brook
Truss type: King
Spans: 1
Roadway Width:
When Lost: Jun 1959
Cause: Razed
Latitude: N44 19.08
Longitude: W072 26.29
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Directions: On the road from Route 12 to East Hill.

Calais or Carnes Bridge, Calais, Washington County, VT Lost Summer 1959
Richard E. Roy Collection

Calais or Carnes Bridge, Calais, Washington County, VT Lost Summer 1959
Richard E. Roy Collection

Although a source notes that this bridge was destroyed by an ice jam, The Newport Daily Express of June 23, 1959 noted that, "The Carnes covered bridge in Calais will be destroyed in the next few days, the Historic Site Commission said at Montpelier Monday." The commission lacked funds to either move the bridge downstream nor to move it to the shore, so it was to be sacrificed if private funds did not materialize.
Clough, Philip & Betsy. World Guide to Covered Bridges, 1959, page 78
The Newport Daily Express, June 23, 1959.
Burlington Free Press, June 23, 1959
Montpelier Argos article, July 1959
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume XXXIX, No. 3, Summer 1981, page 14.

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