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Inventory Number: VT/45-06-34x
County: Franklin County
Township: Sheldon
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Bridge Street
Crosses: Black Creek
Truss type: Burr
Spans: 1
Length: 50'
Roadway Width:
Built: c1836
Builder:
When Lost: 05 Apr 1932
Cause: Burned
Latitude: N44 52.89
Longitude: W072 56.61
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Bridge Street Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Built c1836 Lost 1920s or 1931 or 1932
Richard Donovan / Trish Kane Collection


Bridge Street Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Built c1836 Lost 1920s or 1931 or 1932
Richard E. Roy Collection


Bridge Street Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Built c1836 Lost 1920s or 1931 or 1932
Richard E. Roy Collection


Bridge Street Bridge, Sheldon, Franklin County, VT Built c1836 Lost 1920s or 1931 or 1932
Richard Sanders Allen Collection, NSPCB Archives

Comments:
Double barrel. On October 19, 1864, 22 Confederate soldiers led by Lieutenant Bennett H. Young traveled into Vermont from Canada. At three o'clock in the afternoon the donned their uniforms and entered the three banks in St. Albans. After killing one man and wounding others, the escaped with $208,000. As they passed through Sheldon, they threw phosphorous into the double-lane bridge and set it on fire. Sheldon residents were able to extinguish the fire, but the Confederates were able to retreat into Canada. The bridge burned on April 5, 1932. The fire also consumed two stores, the post office, a creamery, blacksmith shop, ice houses and horse sheds.
Sources:
Allen, Richard Sanders. Covered Bridges of the Northeast - Revised, 1983, page 55
NSPCB Archives, Richard Sanders Allen Collection, Paper Files, Vermont Lists & Maps, Folder 1
Connecticut River Valley Covered Bridge Society. Bulletin, Volume X, No. 4, Spring 1964, page 8

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