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Inventory Number: VT/45-13-68x
County: Windham County
Township: Westminster
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Lewis
Crosses: Cobb (or Governors) Brook
Truss type: Town
Spans:
Length: 65'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1838
Builder: John May & Erastus M. Holton
When Lost: 1953
Cause: Replaced
Latitude: N43 05.48
Longitude: W072 27.65
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Directions: On a back road from Westminster to Bellows Falls.

Lewis Bridge, Westminster, Windham County, VT Built 1838 Lost 1953
Richard E. Roy Collection


Lewis Bridge, Westminster, Windham County, VT Built 1838 Lost 1953
Richard E. Roy Collection

Comments:
This bridge was 41' long when it was originally built. High water weakened and washed out one abutment in 1843. Sanford Granger was hired to raise the bridge and lengthen it to 65'. It was replaced in 1953. Coordinates are at a possible location of the bridge. Per The Brattleboro Reformer, November 7, 1942, "Extensive repairs are being made by the town on the old covered bridge known as the Lewis bridge on the back road to Bellows Falls. An entire new floor is being laid."
Sources:
The Brattleboro Reformer, November 7, 1942.
Allen, Richard S. & Morse Victor. Windham County's Famous Covered Bridges, 1960, pages 39-40
Conwill, Joseph D.. Images of America - Vermont Covered Bridges, 2004, page 54

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