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Gates Farm Bridge 45-08-04 #2

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Gates Farm Bridge

Photo taken by John Borthwick securevermont.com

BH Photo #189352

Map 

Description 

Originally built 600ft to the west of its present location, this bridge was formerly called "The Little Bridge" and spanned the Seymour River along its old path. In 1948 it was decided to replace the large double barreled covered bridge (Called "The Big Bridge") nearby across the Lamoille River. As a follow up to this project it was decided to replace the Little Bridge as well in 1950.

The Big bridge was acquired by the Shelburne museum, and was disassembled and transported down to Shelburne VT where it remains to this day. For the Little bridge it was decided to reroute the Seymour River and not have a bridge at its location, and the old site was filled in. In the process of rerouting the Seymour River outside of town, a farmers field was bisected by the new river path. The old covered span was given to to the Farmer and was set up across the new river path.

The bridge was Rebuilt 1994/1995 by Blow & Cote with most of the original materials unusable. With this reconstruction the height of the bridge was increased to give better clearance for the farm traffic the bridge receives.

Facts 

Overview
Burr arch-truss bridge over Seymour River on farm access road
Location
Cambridge, Lamoille County, Vermont
Status
Open to farm equipment
History
built 1897 by George W. Holmes; Relocated 1950; Reconstructed 1995
Builders
- Blow & Cote Inc. of Morrisville, Vermont (1995 rehabilitation)
- George W. Holmes
Design
Burr arch
Dimensions
Total length: 60.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Little Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.64571, -72.87234   (decimal degrees)
44°38'45" N, 72°52'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/668722/4945796 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Jeffersonville
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74000223 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-08-04#2 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 47159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 3, 2015: New photo from John Loxton
  • November 29, 2010: Added by John Borthwick securevermont.com

Sources 

  • John Borthwick
  • John Loxton
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody