Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge

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Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge
Fisher Covered Bridge.jpg
View of the bridge looking west, from the north side
Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is located in Vermont
Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge
Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is located in the US
Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge
Location Southeast of Wolcott, over the Lamoille River S of VT 15, Wolcott, Vermont
Coordinates 44°31′56.28″N 72°25′39.69″W / 44.5323000°N 72.4276917°W / 44.5323000; -72.4276917Coordinates: 44°31′56.28″N 72°25′39.69″W / 44.5323000°N 72.4276917°W / 44.5323000; -72.4276917
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1908 (1908)
Architectural style Double Town lattice truss
NRHP reference # 74000222[1]
Added to NRHP October 1, 1974

The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is a covered bridge in Wolcott, Vermont. Built in 1908, it originally carried the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad over the Lamoille River. Now closed, it was the last covered bridge in Vermont to carry railroad traffic, and is a rare surviving example in the state of a double Town lattice truss. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge stands in a rural area southeast of the village center of Wolcott, south of Vermont Route 15. It spans the Lamoille River in a northwest-southeast orientation, and is accessed from a small parking area just to the north. The bridge is a two-span doubled Town lattice truss, with a total length of 103.5 feet (31.5 m) and a width of 20.5 feet (6.2 m), with an inside track width of 15 feet (4.6 m). It rests on stone abutments capped in concrete. The bridge is covered by a gabled roof which has a distinctive central monitor for much of its length. The exterior of the bridge is clad in vertical board siding which rises most of the way to the roof, leaving an open strip at the top of the sides. The siding extends into the portals a short way, and there is a band of skirt-style siding extending below the main siding. The decking now has a steel I-beam substructure, leaving the trusses to only support the superstructure.[2]

The bridge was built in 1908, and was, at the time of its listing on the National Register in 1974, the last covered bridge in the state to carry railroad traffic. It was built by the Boston and Maine Railroad on the route of the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad, which it controlled.[2] In 1968, it was threatened with demolition in favor of a steel truss. A pier was built under the bridge, and four steel girders were installed to support the bridge's load.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-12-09. with photos from 1974
  3. ^ "Fisher Railroad Bridge VT-08-16 Wolcott, VT - Lamoille County". Vermont Covered Bridges. Retrieved 26 October 2015.

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