Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge

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Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge
Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge, Salisbury, Vermont.jpg
Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge
Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge is located in the US
Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge
Location Swamp Creek Road over Otter Creek, between Cornwall and Salisbury, Vermont
Coordinates 43°55′6″N 73°10′28″W / 43.91833°N 73.17444°W / 43.91833; -73.17444Coordinates: 43°55′6″N 73°10′28″W / 43.91833°N 73.17444°W / 43.91833; -73.17444
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1864 (1864)
Architectural style Town lattice truss
NRHP Reference # 74000386[1]
Added to NRHP September 10, 1974

The Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge, also known as the Station Bridge and by various other names, was a historic wooden covered bridge spanning Otter Creek between Cornwall and Salisbury, Vermont. The Town lattice truss bridge was built in 1864-1865 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1] It was destroyed by fire in September 2016.

Description and history[edit]

The Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge stood in a rural area of southeastern Cornwall and western Salisbury, connecting Cornwall's Swamp Road with Salisbury's Creek Road. The bridge was a Town lattice truss structure, built as a single span 153.5 feet (46.8 m) long. It rested on abutments of marble that had were faced in concrete, and was supported near its center by a concrete pier added in 1969. The bridge was 18.5 feet (5.6 m) wide, with a roadway width of 14 feet (4.3 m) (one lane). Its exterior was finished in vertical board siding, which extended a short way on the inside of each portal. The portal openings were shaped as elliptical arches, and it was capped by a metal roof.[2]

Built in 1864-65, the bridge was one of Vermont's few covered bridges which spanned town lines, and was the only surviving 19th-century covered bridge in both Cornwall and Salisbury.[2] Refurbished in 2007-2008, the bridge was severely damaged by fire on September 10, 2016.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Cedar Swamp Covered Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-09-27.  with photos from 1974
  3. ^ "Covered bridge fire believed to be suspicious". WPTZ. September 10, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  4. ^ McCright, John S. (10 September 2016). "Covered Bridge between Cornwall and Salisbury burns". Addison County Independent. Middlebury, VT: Addison Independent. Retrieved 12 September 2016.