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Gold Brook Covered Bridge

Stowe, VT
WGN Number: 45-08-12

Gold Brook Covered Bridge
Gold Brook Covered Bridge
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

The builder of the Gold Brook Bridge was very much at the leading edge of technology when he used the newly patented Howe truss. The Howe design became the standard for railroad bridges until it was superseded by steel trusses. The Covered Spans of Yesteryear website notes that "this is the only Howe truss highway bridge in Vermont" ¹.

The Gold Brook or Emily's Bridge is the only covered bridge in Vermont that appears to have ties to the supernatural realm. Many people claim to have experienced strange events at the bridge. Some even believe it is haunted.

Ed Barna ² cites the following information concerning the "haunting" from the book Covered Bridges of Lamoille County ³ by Robert Hagerman. Mr Hagerman's information came from a research project done by a Morrisville High School student in 1969:

As for the Gold Brook name, Ed Barna notes that "so-called placer gold...can be panned or sluiced in many of the states streams" ². Apparently someone must have found some in this brook at one time, hence the name.

  1. Covered Spans of Yesteryear website
  2. Covered Bridges of Vermont (Barna, E. (1996) Covered Bridges of Vermont. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press pg. 89)
  3. Covered Bridges of Lamoille County (Hagerman, Robert E. (1972) Covered Bridges of Lamoille County. Morrisville, Vermont: Robert L. Hagerman pg. 7)

Gold Brook Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

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Town: Stowe
Location: Covered Bridge Road
Crossing: Gold Brook
Date: 1844
Builder: John W. Smith
Truss Type: Howe
Truss Length: 48 feet 6 inches
Other Names: Emily's / Stowe Hollow
National Register of Historical Places Listing Date: October 1, 1974

Credits: All pictures, information and descriptions are taken from Spanning Time Vermont's Covered Bridges by Joseph C. Nelson ©1997 and the World Guide to Covered Bridges - 2009 unless otherwise specified.

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