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Putnams Upper Mill, Washington County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-12-100x
County: Washington County
Township: Worcester
Town/Village: Northfield Falls
Bridge Name: Putnams Upper Mill
Crosses: North Branch Winooski River
Truss type:
Roadway Width:
When Lost: 1936
Latitude: N44 24.20
Longitude: W072 33.03
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Directions: A picture of Putnam's Upper Mill at the Worcester Historical Society appears to show a covered bridge near the mill. The mill was about 2 miles north of Worcester village.
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Per The Burlington Free Press, June 6, 1902, "WORCESTER At the town meeting Tuesday afternoon [3-Jun-1902] it was voted to build a new bridge to replace the Kelley bridge, so- called, also to build a new bridge at Putnam's upper mill. If the selectmen think it advisable, the bridge to be built of wood and covered." Per The Barre Daily Times, November 14, 1936, "The work is about completed on the cement bridge that has replaced the covered bridge over the North branch about two miles north of the village. We now have only one covered bridge in town but as Daniel Cady says: "Everything is changed today from how it used to look.” We liked the old covered bridges and we prize the pictures taken last year but there is a feeling of security in the new bridge that is satisfactory. When we remember that 92 years ago, before even the covered bridge was a landmark, but at this same location, Jedediah Ladd was crowded off the bridge by an ox team he was driving over the bridge and fell 22 feet below, striking upon a solid rock and the blow caused his death. We are glad for the progress made in bridges."
The Barre Daily Times, November 14, 1936.
The Burlington Free Press, June 6, 1902.

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