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Bowers Covered Bridge 45-14-11


Bowers Covered Bridge

Photo taken by Jack Schmidt July 5, 2011


BH Photo #274537



Exact age of the bridge is unknown. NBI gives 1890, but most covered bridge sources give either 1903 (not as common) and 1919 (more common)


Wooden arch bridge over Mill Brook on C3037 in West Windsor
Windsor County, Vermont
Open to traffic
Built c.1919; Washed off abutments 2011; Restored 2012; Damaged by overweight truck & rehabilitated 2014
- Jan Lewandoski (2014 rehabilitation)
Timber through arch
Length of largest span: 32.2 ft.
Total length: 45.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1973
Also called
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.46135, -72.49072   (decimal degrees)
43°27'41" N, 72°29'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/702994/4815107 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73000211 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 45-14-11 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 34086 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • April 6, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • September 6, 2016: Updated by Michael Quiet: Added photos. Noted unknown status of exact build date
  • August 24, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 18, 2016: New photo from John Borthwick
  • February 17, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt


  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • John Borthwick
  • Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody
  • Josh Schmid


Bowers Covered Bridge 45-14-11
Posted March 17, 2018, by Jaison Desai (jaisond [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu)

This bridge should be listed on C3030 (Bible Hill Road), with an NBI Structure Number of 101422003314221. That lists it as Year Built of 1919 and is confirmed by Lat/Long in NBI.

There is another similar bridge, Best's Covered Bridge, carrying C3037 (Churchill Road) which has the NBI Structure Number 101422003414221 and lists a Year Built of 1890.

Mill Brook Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The bridge you and the article are pointing to is this bridge in Connecticut: http://www.bridgehunter.com/ct/new-london/bh44676/ and by the way, those news articles about the bridge have been misleading. Its the oldest stone bridge in Connecticut, but not the USA. Choate Bridge http://www.historicbridges.org/massachusetts/choate/ and Frankford Avenue Bridge both have it beat: http://bridgehunter.com/pa/philadelphia/frankford-avenue/

Mill Brook Bridge
Posted April 1, 2010, by Christian (trooperboots [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was washed away by flooding. It was the oldest known free-standing stone bridge in America. Here is the article...