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StJ&LC - Missisquoi River Covered Bridge


Photo taken by Tom Hildreth

BH Photo #170035



Lost Covered bridge over Missisquoi River on former St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad
Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont
Destroyed by fire
Built 1898; Bypassed 1968; Destroyed by arson in 1987
- Boston & Maine Railroad (BM)
- Lamoille Valley Railroad (LVRC)
- Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad (P&O)
- St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad (StJ&LC)
Covered Town lattice through truss
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 369.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 18, 1973
Also called
StJ&LC - Swanton Covered Bridge
Missisquoi River Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.91636, -73.12786   (decimal degrees)
44°54'59" N, 73°07'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/647767/4975363 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Alburg
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73000195 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-06-10x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 45433 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added category "Arson"
  • August 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad", "Railroad"
  • December 1, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • July 23, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • June 6, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added NRHP data
  • May 31, 2010: Updated by Robert Stephenson: Added GPS coordinates and Design
  • May 31, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard



StJ&LC - Missisquoi River Covered Bridge
Posted March 26, 2015, by John Prouty (Johncprouty [at] aol [dot] com)

I grew up spending summers in Swanton and LOVED that bridge. I always thought they should've rebuilt it. I really wished that someone would have spent more time in discovering, and punishing, the culprits responsible!

Swanton Railroad Bridge
Posted August 7, 2013, by Lance (thelancinator96 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I grew up in Swanton and remember when the bridge burned down. It was the year I graduated from high school. It's been a long time now and I'm not 100% sure, but I don't believe that they ever caught the people responsible for burning down the bridge. Such a shame, it was a beautiful old bridge and I walked across it many times. It was a sad day when it was lost.

Swanton Railroad Bridge
Posted June 3, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Lord, I hope so. According to newspaper articles I read on vandals caught burning covered bridges, judges are not lenient, nor are the folks who treasure the victim span that parished.

Swanton Railroad Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Spanfan

Did they ever catch the idiots who did it?

Swanton Railroad Bridge
Posted June 1, 2010, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Most know I gripe on here about boneheads defacing historic bridges with cans of spraypaint... (sigh)

Well, with my father a native of Rush county, Indiana, I have a passion for the covered bridges. Reading about idiots who burn these relics get to me kind of in a worse fashion. A cigarette lighter or match is more hated by me than the stupid fools with spraypaint cans.

I do enjoy Tony Dillon's continued placing pictures of the Moscow Covered Bridge, as it rises from being taken out by a tornado. I been over that bridge as a child, and last seen it summer 2001. I would like to take a roadtrip to my father's homeland as soon as the two span structure is reopened.