Photo taken by Historic American Buildings Survey
View photos at Library of Congress
BH Photo #128456
Another article about the reconstruction of this bridge, with (hopefully) design, contracting, and construction to begin in 2016.
It'll have to be seen how faithfully they intend to (or can) reproduce the original, as it was a truly remarkable bridge. Ample documentation remains of the design of the truss and elements thanks to HAER, but it would still take some exceptional skill to replicate Nichols Powers work on the original.
An article in one of this week's papers confirmed that funding for the design of a new bridge was approved. FEMA tried to weasel their way out of it, but the townsfolk refused to take No for an answer and the feds reluctantly gave in. Additional funds and approvals will be necessary for construction, but the landmark should eventually return.
Nathanists don't need to panic. Nearby steel bridges are being repaired too.
I got through reading articles about the town of Blenheim wanting to rebuild the historic covered bridge. People apparently have been working to find some of the original timbers which I thought were like a total loss. It would mostly all new massive timbers to rebuild a covered bridge of this size and be costly. Apparently the residents have strong interest in bringing their bridge back because of the importance the bridge was to their town.
Although the information has been rather scarce, the one report I did hear said that they had the roof of the bridge, but the trusses appeared to be obliterated.
Lower Bartonsville in Vermont appeared to be partially intact and possibly some of the timbers can be salvaged and reused.
Man this was a real shame to lose such a very rare massive struture. Yes, Hurricane Irene was giving me concerns about New Englands bridges. Have any timbers been recovered or are they too far washed away and snapped? Trees for aren't so big anymore. I hope enough intact timbers can be recovered and there would be large enough wood to replace those timbers lost to rebuild the structure. Thats how the Moscow Covered bridge was rebuilt in Indiana after an F-3 tornado blew it off its foundation. Thats a thought because I dont know the exact fate. Just in case, it would be wise to set the bridge higher but with something like Hurricane Irene floods I don't know. For those in the area with interest in rebuilding, Good Luck.
I was looking through the HAER photos and I see there used to be a riveted truss bridge next to this covered bridge as well. I presume it was this truss bridge which replaced the covered bridge. Why then, when the replacement for the truss bridge was built, was this historic riveted truss bridge not allowed to stand next to its replacement like the covered bridge?
In the interest of fairness, if they intend to replicate this destroyed covered bridge, the beautiful riveted metal truss bridge which was demolished by NYSDOT should also be replicated.
Flooding from Hurricane Irene destroyed this wonderful span today.
This is a sad loss of an historic landmark bridge that has been listed on the national register for almost 50 years.
Wonder if there will be any chance of rebuilding it.
The bridgewright who built the Blenheim is the same Nichols M Powers that you have next on your list of builders. He was and continues to be misidentified by people who seem to believe they are correcting a typo.
This even goes to census records taken in his lifetime.
His own papers however, suggest otherwise...
As does his his gravestone - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Powers...
There are also other surviving bridges attributable to him. It'll take some time but I'll get back with a list