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RUT - Lake Champlain Swing Bridge #2


RUT - Champlain Lake Bridge

Bow and Arrow Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in March 2013


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BH Photo #283967


Lost Lattice through truss bridge over Lake Champlain (The Gut) on Rutland Railroad
South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont
Built 1899 by Edgemoor Bridge Works; Demolished 1965
- Charles F. Stowell (Engineer, Rutland Railroad)
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware (fabrication)
- Rutland Railroad (RUT)
Quadrangular lattice through swing truss
Also called
Rutland Railroad Bridge No. 275
RUT - Bow Arrow Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.75092, -73.31566   (decimal degrees)
44°45'03" N, 73°18'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/633325/4956661 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
North Hero
Inventory number
BH 61019 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 1, 2017: Updated by Michael Quiet: Noted Builder
  • April 13, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • May 22, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Lattice per photo
  • May 21, 2014: Updated by Michael Quiet: Fixed location to be Bow and Arrow Point
  • May 20, 2014: Added by Douglas Butler



RUT - Lake Champlain Swing Bridge #2
Posted October 31, 2018, by Dennis Cass (denniscass [at] yahoo [dot] com)

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.

RUT - Champlain Lake Bridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Rutland Railroad has been gone since the early sixties, so chances are, the bridge is long gone.

RUT - Champlain Lake Bridge
Posted May 21, 2014, by Anonymous

I think the bridge is gone, either that or they've invented an invisibility cloak for bridges.