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Scribner Covered Bridge

Johnson, VT
WGN Number: 45-08-09

Scribner Covered Bridge
Scribner Covered Bridge
Photo by Joe Nelson © 1997

The Scribner Bridge, clean and simple, stands in the river bottom lands of the Gihon. Probably built as an open bridge, it employs a one-third high queenpost-like truss using iron rods to support the stringers. Ed Barna notes that "the half-height walls of this bridge, together with historical documents found by state consultants, indicate that originally this was a pony truss bridge, without sidewalls and a roof" (Barna, E. (1996) Covered Bridges of Vermont Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press).

The Covered Spans of Yesteryear website notes that "In 1960 the bridge was reconstructed with steel beams supporting the roadway. The original stone abutments were replaced with concrete." Ed Barna adds that the work in 1960 was done by Wilmer Lock of nearby Waterville for the cost of $3600 (Barna, E. (1996) Covered Bridges of Vermont Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press).

Our thanks to the Town of Johnson for allowing the posting of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society Welcome patch. For more information about the Johnson area visit their website at

Scribner Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

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Town: Johnson
Location: Rocky Road
Crossing: Gihon River
Date: 1919
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Queenpost (modified)
Truss Length: 48 feet
Other Names: DeGoosh
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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