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Inventory Number: VT/45-14-11
County: Windsor County
Township: West Windsor
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Bower's or Brownsville
Crosses: Mill Brook
Truss type: Tied Arch
Spans: 1
Length: 45'
Roadway Width:
Built: c1919
Builder:
When Lost: standing
Cause:
Latitude: N43 27.680
Longitude: W072 29.441
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Directions: 1.3 miles west of main intersection in Brownsville on VT44, then 0.3 miles right on Bible Hill Rd.

Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, April 1, 2012


Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, September 25, 2010


Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, January 26, 2009


Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, March 16, 2010


Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, October 15, 2011


Bower's or Brownsville Bridge, West Windsor, Windsor County, VT Built c1919
Bill Caswell Photo, October 15, 2011

Comments:
Bower's Bridge was built about 30 years after its twin, Best's Bridge. The chords are suspended from the low arches by iron rods. A post and beam structure was built over the arches. It is one of three tied-arch bridges in the state along with its twin and the Lakeshore Bridge in Charlotte. The bridge was washed off its abutments during Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011 and deposited downstream. The southern abutment was destroyed during the storm. Both abutments were rebuilt and the bridge was repaired in the spring of 2012. It was placed back over the river on July 14, 2012.
Sources:
Nelson, Joseph C.. Spanning Time - Vermont's Covered Bridges, 1997, pages 164-165
National Society For the Preservation of Covered Bridges. Covered Bridge Topics, Volume LXXXIII, No. 2, Spring 2015, pages 3-5
National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. World Guide to Covered Bridges, 2009, page 153

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