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Inventory Number: VT/45-13-69x
County: Windham County
Township: Westminster
Town/Village: North Westminster
Bridge Name: Westminster Street
Crosses: Saxtons River mouth
Truss type:
Spans: 1
Length:
Roadway Width:
Built: 1838
Builder: Alvin Dickinson
When Lost: c1891
Cause: Replaced
Latitude: N43 07.42
Longitude: W072 26.48
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Directions: Near the mouth of Saxtons River south of Bellows Falls on the road to Westminster. At or near the present crossing of US 5.

Westminster Street Bridge, Westminster, Windham County, VT Built 1838 Replaced c1891
Todd Clark Collection


Westminster Street Bridge, Westminster, Windham County, VT Built 1838 Replaced c1891
Todd Clark Collection

Comments:
Cost $570. Per the Argus and Patriot (Montpelier), November 25, 1891, "The owners of the abutting land gave what was necessary for the approaches to the new iron bridge about to be across the mouth of Saxtons river, and the bridge has been contracted for at $7,865, Westminster having voted $8,000." Per the Bellow Falls Times, December 17, 1891, "The new road has been roughly graded to the northern approach of the new Saxton's River bridge, and the ledges cleared at both anchorages. It is certainly a great undertaking for a country town, but the benefits accruing to Westminster will more than compensate for the outlay." Coordinates are approximate.
Sources:
Bellow Falls Times, December 17, 1891.
Argus and Patriot (Montpelier), November 25, 1891.
NSPCB Archives, Richard Sanders Allen Collection, Paper Files, Michigan Lists & Maps
Allen, Richard S. & Morse Victor. Windham County's Famous Covered Bridges, 1960, page 40

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