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Bowers Covered Bridge

West Windsor, VT
WGN Number: 45-14-11

Bowers Covered Bridge
Bowers Covered Bridge
Photo by Bill Caswell © 2018

The Bowers Bridge is thought to have been built around thirty years later than its nearby Bests Bridge twin. Like its twin, the Bests Covered Bridge, Bowers Bridge uses a rarely seen tied arch truss. The span is exceptionally trim in appearance.

The construction details for this bridge are similar to the Bests Bridge. The Covered Spans of Yesteryear website provides the following construction information: "The chords are suspended from the low arches by iron rods. A post and beam structure was built over the arches".

Tropical Storm Irene dealt the bridge a devastating blow in 2011. According to a damage report in the VCBS archives "The south abutment toppled into the stream, bridge was swept away but failed to maneuver around the first bend and landed upright and nearly intact on top of a bank about 150 yards downstream. One portal frame is missing, a couple post-to-plate and knee brace connections failed, but it can definitely be repaired and moved back to where it belongs. The bridge conveniently landed in a clearing with easy access to the road heading back to the crossing. South abutment is a total loss, north abutment is still to be determined". Abutment work and bridge repair were done in the spring of 2012. Covered Spans of Yesteryear reports that the bridge was "placed back over the river on July 14, 2012". The restoration work was done by Old Vermont Frameworks of Brownsville, Vermont.

Our thanks to the Town of West Windsor for allowing the posting of the Vermont Covered Bridge Society Welcome patch. For more information about the West Windsor area visit their website at www.westwindsorvt.govoffice2.com.

Bowers Covered Bridge Vital Statistics

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Town: West Windsor
Location: Bible Hill Road
Crossing: Mill Brook
Date: c. 1919
Builder: Unknown
Truss Type: Tied arch
Truss Length: 45 feet
Other Names: Brownsville
National Register of Historical Places Listing Date: August 28, 1973
Date Restored: 2012
Restoration Contractor: Old Vermont Frameworks Brownsville, Vermont

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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