November 2, 2003 - Joe, Nice to see Tom Keating's recent photo of the new Upper Sheffield covered bridge. I only had one opportunity to photograph the 1833 original, and this came late in the day on 28 May 1994. Once again I had B&W film in the camera as I traveled north on US Rt.7, though I'm not disappointed with the results. I'm pleased to share a couple of shots of the original structure with Mailbag readers.
I believe several young men were apprehended for the arson of the historical bridge. I recall their "excuse" was that they were under the influence of some substance or other. Better this lead to additional charges than the more normal sympathy and rehabilitation our society offers these miscreants.
Many thanks, Tom, for preserving this historic bridge with your photography and sharing with us. Yes, something has to be done to deter certain members of our society from destroying our heritage. If anyone reading this has ideas on the subject, or would like to form a group to pursue solutions, please write:
VCBS Attn: Deter
PO Box 97
Jeffersonville, VT 05464-0097.
Yours in Bridging,