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Village or Riverton, Washington County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-12-23x
County: Washington County
Township: Berlin
Town/Village: West Berlin - Riverton
Bridge Name: Village or Riverton
Crosses: Dog River
Truss type:
Spans: 1
Roadway Width:
When Lost: 1934
Cause: Flood
Latitude: N44 11.99
Longitude: W072 38.02
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Directions: On Route 12 at West Berlin (Riverton).

Riverton, Washington County, VT
Richard E. Roy Collection

Village or Riverton Bridge, Berlin, Washington County, VT Lost 1927
Louis B. Puffer Collection

Village or Riverton Bridge, Berlin-Riverton, Washington County, VT Flood Nov 1927
Todd Clark Collection

Village or Riverton Bridge, Berlin-Riverton, Washington County, VT Flood 1934
Todd Clark Collection

Some sources note that this bridge was lost in the 1927 flood, but this was either inaccurate or the bridge was otherwise replaced. Per the Montpelier Evening Argus, May 12, 1931, "The proposed overpass over the railtrack in West Berlin or Riverton, that would eliminate the dangerous railroad crossing and replace the wooden covered bridge about which complaints have been made, will not be constructed this year, it was learned at the office of the highway department." The covered bridge was being temporarily repaired and strengthened instead. Per the News and Advertiser (Northfield), May 10, 1934, "The new bridge at Riverton replaces the old wooden covered bridge built 62 years ago. The work was done by Barton Construction Co. of Troy, N.Y."
News and Advertiser (Northfield), May 10, 1934.
Montpelier Evening Argus, May 12, 1931.
NSPCB Archives, Richard Sanders Allen Collection, Paper Files, Vermont Lists & Maps, Folder 1
Conwill, Joseph D.. Images of America - Vermont Covered Bridges, 2004, page 88

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