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Lord's Creek Covered Bridge 45-10-01


Lord's Creek Bridge

Photo taken by John Borthwick securevermont.com

BH Photo #188969


Street View 


This bridge originally crossed Lord's Creek. The abutments washed out and the bridge was replaced with a steel and concrete bridge. The covered bridge was moved to the current location crossing the Black River in 1958 by dairy farmer Joseph LeBlond.


Paddleford through truss bridge over Black River on Covered Bridge Road
Irasburg, Orleans County, Vermont
Closed to all traffic
Built 1881
- John D. Colton
Paddleford truss
Total length: 50.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.81649, -72.26649   (decimal degrees)
44°48'59" N, 72°15'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/716129/4966200 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 45-10-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 47149 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 26, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 14, 2016: New photos from Michael Quiet
  • November 28, 2010: Added by John Borthwick securevermont.com


  • John Borthwick
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Richard Doody


Lord's Creek Covered Bridge 45-10-01
Posted October 28, 2016, by Justin Coleman (justin [at] jgcoleman [dot] com)

At least one other problem the bridge suffers from, aside from the lack of siding, is a leaking roof. When I was out there in June (2016), I noticed that the corrugated roofing is riddled with perforations. It seems to me that the roofing panels were perhaps salvaged from an old barn and re-purposed as roofing for the bridge. Of course, most of the old nail holes don't align with mounting surfaces on the bridge, so there's no doubt that the roof leaks like a sieve.

Lord's Creek Covered Bridge 45-10-01
Posted September 26, 2016, by Michael Quiet (mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com)

And a complete lack of any general maintenance. Any span, irregardless of material, needs occasional work. It's unfortunate that this one can't get the restoration it needs...we already have few enough examples of the Paddleford truss system.

Lord's Creek Covered Bridge 45-10-01
Posted September 26, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Lack of siding will eventually do that to a wooden bridge!

Lord's Creek Covered Bridge 45-10-01
Posted September 26, 2016, by Justin Coleman (justin [at] jgcoleman [dot] com)

I visited Lord's Creek Covered Bridge earlier this year on June 10, 2016 during a fishing trip throughout the Northeast Kingdom. It is of note that the bridge has now been reinforced with heavy, steel girders. One pair of girders act as stringers, spanning the river and resting on the bridge abutments. Girders have also been added beneath the bridge deck and fastened to the length-wise stringers with heavy u-bolts. Suffice it to say that the bridge's timber trusses, which are still entirely present, have worn to the point that they were likely incapable of bearing their own load; they now serve only to hold up the roof. Even with steel girder reinforcement, it is clear that the timber-framed bridge structure has a distinct negative camber.

I've visited this bridge several times over the years. While it's a shame that the timber trusses have reached the end of their functional lifespan, it's great to see that the bridge was nonetheless saved rather than hastily demolished.