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Sayres Covered Bridge 45-09-06


Roaring Waters

Thetford, Vermont, USA

The run-off in the falls below the Sayers Covered Bridge was incredible, almost deafening.

The bridge itself is an enigma. It's builder and date of construction are unknown. It's built in a style very similar to the rare...

Photo taken May 2011 by Flickr user jcbwalsh

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Street View 


Covered through truss bridge over Ompompanoosuc River on Tucker Hill Road
Thetford Center, Orange County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Built 1839
Other through truss
Total length: 127.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.6 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1974
Also called
Thetford Center Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.83217, -72.25271   (decimal degrees)
43°49'56" N, 72°15'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/720885/4856901 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Strafford
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74000247 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-09-06 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 59818 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2022: New Street View added by Geoff Hubbs
  • April 4, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • August 26, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • May 12, 2015: Updated by Michael Quiet: Updated Truss design to "Other"; This is not a Haupt Truss, and does not conform to any standard truss type.
  • April 9, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • February 19, 2014: Added by Jack Schmidt


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  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • John Loxton
  • Richard Doody


Sayres Covered Bridge
Posted February 20, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] aol [dot] com)

I know this bridge is sometimes identified as a Haupt, however photos suggest to me it is not of this truss type. Logic even, suggests there is little possibility that it might be - Herman's patent dates to late December the same year this bridge was built, it is more than unlikely that even a prototypical example might have been built 450 miles afield from his home area.

In the coming weeks I will be working on a bridge just to the north in The Kingdom, and will work to swing by and document and photograph the Sayers and determine just what type it might be.