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Center, Windham County

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Inventory Number: VT/45-13-64x
County: Windham County
Township: Wardsboro
Town/Village: West Wardsboro
Bridge Name: Center
Crosses: Whetstone Brook (labeled Wardsboro Brook on later maps)
Truss type: King
Spans: 1
Length: 40'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1880
Builder: Fred H. Dexter
When Lost: Sep 1938
Cause: Hurricane/Flood
Latitude: N43 01.53
Longitude: W072 49.45
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Directions: Between West Wardsboro and Wardsboro Center.

Center Bridge, Wardsboro, Windham County, VT Built 1880 Lost 1938
Richard E. Roy Collection
This bridge was originally uncovered. During the 1920's, a large lumber truck broke through the floor and dropped into the brook. With a new floor, it stood until being destroyed by the 1938 hurricane. Per The Brattleboro Reformer, September 27, 1938, "Windham county's roster of covered bridge was reduced to 24 by last week's flood. Those swept away were: Center bridge in Wardsboro; Brookside bridge in Newfane; West Dover bridge and Ryder bridge in Grafton."
The Brattleboro Reformer, September 27, 1938.
Brattleboro Daily Reformer. The Flood and Hurricane of 1938,
Allen, Richard S. & Morse Victor. Windham County's Famous Covered Bridges, 1960, pages 35-36
Conwill, Joseph D.. Images of America - Vermont Covered Bridges, 2004, page 51

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