RUT - Champlain Lake Bridge
Bow and Arrow Railroad Bridge
Photo taken by Douglas Butler in March 2013
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BH Photo #283967
In the summer of 1968, my mother and I joined my father in North Hero where he was operating a crane to assist in the removal of the footings for this bridge. As I was eleven at the time, my memories are sketchy, but I believe the bridge itself had been removed a few years prior to the final demolition.
We watched from a boat anchored about half a mile away when the footings were dynamited. First, we saw the stone flying in all directions, then felt the shock wave hit the boat. A moment later the sound waves hit. It made quite a bang.
Locals converged on the site in their boats to scoop up the fish that had been stunned by the explosion.
The Rutland Railroad has been gone since the early sixties, so chances are, the bridge is long gone.
I think the bridge is gone, either that or they've invented an invisibility cloak for bridges.