Slaughter House Covered Bridge

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Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Bridge in U.S. state of Vermont
Coordinates 44°10′05″N 72°39′14″W / 44.168°N 72.654°W / 44.168; -72.654Coordinates: 44°10′05″N 72°39′14″W / 44.168°N 72.654°W / 44.168; -72.654
CrossesDog River
LocaleNorthfield, Vermont
Maintained byTown of Northfield
ID numberVT-12-09
DesignCovered, Queen post
Total length59.6 ft (18.17 m)
Width11.75 ft (3.58 m)
No. of spans1
Load limit8 tons
Clearance above10.75 ft (3.28 m)
Constructed byunknown
Construction end1872
Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Slaughter House Covered Bridge is located in Vermont
Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Slaughter House Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Slaughter House Covered Bridge
Coordinates44°10′06″N 72°39′16″W / 44.16833°N 72.65444°W / 44.16833; -72.65444Coordinates: 44°10′06″N 72°39′16″W / 44.16833°N 72.65444°W / 44.16833; -72.65444
Area1 acre (0.4 ha)
NRHP reference #74000265[1]
Added to NRHPJune 13, 1974

The Slaughter House (or Slaughterhouse) Covered Bridge[2] is a wooden covered bridge that carries Slaughterhouse Road across the Dog River in Northfield, Vermont. The Queen post truss bridge is one of five surviving 19th-century bridges in the town. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Slaughterhouse Bridge is located just outside the village of Northfield Falls, a short way west of Vermont Route 12 on Slaughterhouse Road, a dead-end road that once provided access to an eponymous business. The Dog River, a tributary of the Winooski River, flows north, with the village mainly on the east side. The bridge is a single-span Queen post truss design, resting on dry laid stone abutments. The trusses are 59.5 feet (18.1 m) long, and the bridge has a total width of 14.5 feet (4.4 m), carrying one lane of traffic. The exterior is clad in vertical board siding, which extends around to the insides of the portals. The siding ends short of the roof, providing an open strip between them. The projecting gable ends are cut in the shape of a reverse ogee.[3]

The bridge was built in 1872. It is one of five surviving 19th-century covered bridges in the town, representing one of the highest concentration of these historic structures in the state.[3] There are no documents to verify, but the 8-ton weight limit seems to indicate that the deck has been reinforced by I-beams, likely in the 20th century.[4]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Slaughter House Covered Bridge
  3. ^ a b Hugh Henry (1974). "NRHP nomination for Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-09. with photos from 1974
  4. ^ Evans, Benjamin and June. New England's Covered Bridges. University Press of New England, 2004. ISBN 1-58465-320-5