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Goodno or Goodeno or Goodnough, Washington County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-12-52x
County: Washington County
Township: Berlin - Montpelier
Bridge Name: Goodno or Goodeno or Goodnough
Crosses: Winooski River
Truss type:
Roadway Width:
Built: bef 1869
When Lost: 1927
Latitude: N44 14.548
Longitude: W072 32.543
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Directions: East of Pioneer Junction on US2.
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Per the Christian Repository (Montpelier), October 9, 1869, "The road from Marshfield to Montpelier by the river seems to have suffered the most of any leading into town. With one exception, (the Goodno bridge in East Montpelier) every bridge across the river between these places has been carried away, besides innumerable smaller bridges and culverts which will require repairing before the road can be traveled." It is not clear if the bridge was a covered bridge at this time, but is assumed to have been. A January 3, 1883 article in the Argus and Patriot mentions the Goodno bridge in Berlin. Per the Montpelier Evening Argus, January 25, 1917, "A. J. Bean, a selectman of the town of Berlin, appeared before the council in regard to the repairing of the Goodno bridge near the Tabor farm at Barre transfer. This bridge is situated between the town of Berlin and the city of Montpelier. The bridge needs new granite supports and some replanking, the estimated cost to be about $500. It was voted the city stand half the expense, the work to be done before the ice goes out in the spring. Mr. Bean said Berlin would, stand the other half of the expense." Per the Montpelier Evening Argus, February 19, 1917, "Supt. Roberts has reopened the Goodno bridge for public travel although he has some more repairs to make on the structure. The sides will be opened in order to allow a view of the interior so that one can tell if there is a vehicle inside or approaching." Per the Rutland Daily Herald, January 19, 1927, "Montpelier----Work started strengthening trusses on Goodno bridge between Montpelier and East Montpelier." This suggests that the covered bridge was still present. Per The Barre Daily Times, April 1, 1927, "A special meeting of the Montpelier city council will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock in the city hall together with the selectmen of the town of Berlin, who are being called together by Mayor Edward H. Deavitt to consider the Goodnough bridge question. The bridge, located on the East Montpelier road and connecting the town of Berlin is an old one and constantly in need of repairs. The Berlin selectmen and Montpelier council will discuss plans for building a new bridge."
The Barre Daily Times, April 1, 1927.
Rutland Daily Herald, January 19, 1927.
Montpelier Evening Argus, February 19, 1917.
Montpelier Evening Argus, January 25, 1917.
Argus and Patriot (Montpelier), January 3, 1883.
Christian Repository (Montpelier), October 9, 1869.
NSPCB Archives, Richard Sanders Allen Collection, Paper Files, Vermont Lists & Maps, Folder 1

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