In 1849 a covered bridge was built over the East Creek in Rutland. The next year the creek shifted course, forcing a second covered bridge to be built just 15 feet up the road from the first. Both served for almost 100 years until they were washed off by floods in June 1974. The first was destroyed and this is the second, which now serves as a storage building for the town. There was some talk of restoring the bridge about 10 years ago, but that obviously never happened. Hopefully it can someday.
This was the last covered bridge in Vermont that I had not photographed, and I certainly didn’t save the prettiest for last. One thing I love about these bridges are their stories, and like most this one has an interesting one.
I almost didn’t go to the Twin covered bridge, because it’s now a fairly drab looking barn. I’m glad I did, because I ran into this roadside memorial. The boot on the end reads “Goodbye Dad! Goodbye Doris!”
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