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Depot, Windham County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-13-41x
County: Windham County
Township: Jamaica
Bridge Name: Depot
Crosses: West River
Truss type: Town
Spans: 1
Length: 170'
Roadway Width:
When Lost: 17 Jul 1925
Cause: Windstorm
Latitude: N43 06.25
Longitude: W072 46.41
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Directions: Near the railroad depot in Jamaica.

Station Bridge, Jamaica, Windham County, VT Lost 1925
Richard E. Roy Collection

Station Bridge, Jamaica, Windham County, VT Lost 1925
Richard E. Roy Collection

This bridge was at the old railroad station. It was in good condition at the time of the storm that destroyed it. The Fitchburg Sentinel of July 17, 1925 described the loss this way: "When telephone communication with Jamaica was established this morning, following last night's rainstorm, which left the town without telephone service, it was learned that the highway covered bridge between the village and the West river railroad station had been blown into the West river. The bridge was more than 100 feet long and a landmark. It lies completely flattened out." Per The Brattleboro Reformer, August 4, 1925, "No definitive action has been taken by the Central Vermont railroad relative to rebuilding the 170-foot covered wooden bridge which spanned West river in Jamaica and which was destroyed by a windstorm early in the evening of July 17. Although Jamaica residents are unanimous that the bridge should be rebuilt, a rumor is current that the railroad company does not intend to build a new structure, because of the cost involved. It is estimated that $30,000 would be required to put a new bridge across the river. The old bridge was built by the railroad [to provide access to the depot]."
The Brattleboro Reformer, August 4, 1925.
Fitchburg Sentinel, July 17, 1925, page 11
Allen, Richard S. & Morse Victor. Windham County's Famous Covered Bridges, 1960, page 16

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