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NSPCB Newsletter - July - August - September - Summer 2001

MEETING DATES

Sunday July 22, 2001 at 1:00 PM. Will be held at the site of the Drewsville/Prentiss Bridge in Langdon, NH. David will have a grill for Bar B Que. and anyone can bring whatever he or she likes to have as the use of the grill is free. Bring your favorite drink. There may be a little left over from David's package of Hamburg, but don't count on it. Please bring your chairs.

Sunday August 26, 2001 at 12:00 PM. Our annual picnic meeting to be held at the site of the (Westminster Institute and Butterfield Library) The picnic will begin at 12:00 and the meeting shortly after we devour the goodies for the day. The location is on Route 5 in Westminster, Vermont just about 4 buildings south of the Post Office on the east side of the road. Turn onto Grout Avenue and go about 200 yards and take a right to the parking area. Bring your chairs and utensils, cold drinks are also supplied. Coke or Pepsi in cans. Anything else you would like to bring. The grill is supplied as well as the burger and dogs and all the condiments. Please bring your chairs.

Sunday September 23, 2001 at 1:00 PM. We will meet at the site of the Bissell Bridge in Charlemont, Mass. David is very concerned about this structure and believes that it should be talked up. This location is on route 8A 1/2 mile North of the junction with route 2. Please bring your chairs.

Sunday October 21, 2001 at 12:00 noon This is the Annual meeting and is being held on the 21st. It will be held at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, Mass The speaker for the occasion has not been finalized. See the next Fall Newsletter for more information. Directions are to be found on page 6.

The November meeting is scheduled for the Plymouth Church in Framingham, Mass.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT

Topics, summer, 2001:

Dear Fellow Members, Greetings!

Due to the press of much other business, I am obliged this time to draft but a rather short message. Would that things were otherwise; alas they are not.
         Once again, it is that time of year; I refer of course to: "Re-Upping" time!
         I hope, therefore, that all of you shall be able to see your way clear to rejoining the Society for yet another year.
         We have tried, all of us who have something to do with the publishing activities of the National Society, to provide you with interesting issues of Topics and the Newsletter.
         I personally do not think we do too badly, especially considering the fact that we are all volunteers.
        (I should probably not think we did 'too badly' even if we were not all donating out time, but then, perhaps I an too close to the matter and thus a little biased,)
         Be that as it may, and very seriously, it is more important than perhaps some of you realize that as many of you as possible renew your membership in the National Society for another year. Even if, for whatever reason, other preoccupations, changing interest, increasing responsibilities, et cetera, you should find yourselves at present having less time for Covered Bridges, it is still true that your support of the National Society through your membership in it will help the cause of Covered Bridges substantially.
         We all know the old Saw: "There is strength in numbers", well, it's true. I am often asked. When discussing the fate of a particular Covered Bridge with the relevant public officials, "Just how many people are there in your organization anyway"? Obviously, the greater the number, the more influence we have.
         One further thing: If at all possible, please each and every one of you, consider making a contribution to the Eastman Fund for Covered Bridge Preservation.
         As most of you probably already know, Covered Bridge repairs these days are extremely costly; two or three hundred thousand dollars in the context of what such jobs now average would be towards the low end of the scale.
         Needless to say, but I shall say it anyway, at the present time there is no possibility whatsoever of the National Society being able to come up with such a sum.
         Nevertheless, given the right project, a project being managed more or properly, if we as a society can make a reasonable contribution to          the cost of whatever is afoot, then we can most likely have a certain influence as to how matters turn out.
         Obviously the larger our contributions, the greater our influence.
         We all know the old adage, "Who pays the piper calls the tune". There may be something about that notion which a number of us do not like, but unfortunately, it expresses one of the more unfortunate realities with which we as a Society must deal.
         So once again, the matter rest in your hands.
         If as a result of your contributions, the Eastman Fund for the Covered Bridge Preservation continues to grow - and please remember, it is only the interest from monies deposited there which is expended for the Covered Bridge projects, never the principal - so likewise will our influence. Please remember, because the principal of the Eastman Fund is never expended, only the interest earned therefrom, every dollar given by members for Covered Bridge Preservation shall be expended again and again.
         Happy Bridging!

                Sincerely, Your president, David W. Wright

A MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER

If you receive a notice with this mailing saying that "Your Topics and Membership Has Expired." Please send in your dues if you wish to continue getting one of the finest covered bridge related Publications. However, Dave said, if you become a life member you will never have to think about it again.
         Dave would also like to thank everyone who makes an annual or periodic donation to the Harold F. Eastman Memorial Preservation Trust Fund, better known as the Eastman Fund. Through these donations we raise nearly $2,000 per year for the perpetual preservation Trust Fund. Dave can not send a thank-you note for each individual donation due to the bulk mailing regulations, but he does mark your membership card with the proper notation I. E. "Kingpost membership card" --- "Queenpost membership card" etc. in order to express our sincere appreciation.
                 David Topham

Lifetime Memberships
Wanted 115 Lifetime members

We are over the 115 mark for lifetime memberships. That's correct we now have 115 paid lifetime members to the National Society. These members have decided to not have to worry about their annual dues being paid. We are still looking for more lifetime members. The cost for a lifetime member is $250.00 and for an additional spouse is $50.00 for a total of $300.00. Please consider this offer and never have to worry about getting your annual dues to the treasurer.

Remember that lifetime membership can be paid on the installment plan of 10 payments.

Spanning New York State
Covered Bridge News

By Bob and Trish Kane

Delaware County:
Fitches Covered Bridge - NY 32-13-02 Phil. Pierce, Deputy Commissioner for Delaware County's Department of Public Works reported that much has happened with the Fitches Bridge over the past few months.

Fitches Bridge. Photo by Bob and Trish
Kane June 17, 2001 Fitches Bridge. Photo by Bob and Trish Kane June 17, 2001 →

         Corners of the existing abutments have been removed to accommodate the slightly longer rebuilt trusses. If you recall, the trusses will be restored to their original length, eliminating the significant weakness caused when they were shortened while removing an outside stick, to replace an inside stick, workers were surprised to find that little furry critters had created a home in a pair of top chord members. The identity of the critters is unclear, but the damage as extensive. Their craftsmanship effectively removed the entire pair of chord sticks that gave assistance to supporting the axial compression in the bridge. The redundant nature of the Town Lattice was a saving grace that enable the bridge to remain standing. Due to the surprise of the critter home, workers separated all of the top chord pairs looking for other 'surprises'.
         A large load of timber is on hand, but more will have to be ordered if there are any new surprises. Currently, the focus is on the repair of the upstream truss while the contractor awaits delivery of the remaining timbers, which will allow them to finish both trusses.
         Closer inspection of the bottom chord found it to be extremely decayed. When the bridge was moved to this site, the span had to be shortened from that at its original location in Delhi. The means to shorten the bridge was to flare the end lattice members, so that the bottoms of them clustered together on a short bearing area. A related unusual feature of the previous work was to support both upper and lower bottom chord ends at the bearing area (the upper bottom chords were supported by the back-wall of the abutment). These flared lattices will be replaced with conventional parallel lattice members at the end of the rehabilitated structure. The lengthened trusses will be supported only at the lower bottom chord as is typical with Town Lattice bridges. Lattice members needing replacement, due primarily to deterioration in the lower bottom chord connections have been identified.
         Due to major powder post beetle damage in the trunnels, replacements have been ordered. The glue-lam floor beams will be delivered shortly and they are still on schedule for completion by the fall of 2001. For up-to-date photos on the Fitches Covered Bridge, be sure to visit Joe Nelson's website at www.vermontbridges.com.
        Phil is available to respond to queries and prefers to answer any questions, rather than have them go unanswered or be the subject of speculation. Many thanks to him for being so very accommodating and keeping us informed on the Fitches Covered Bridge.

Hamden Covered Bridge - NY 32-13-03 Join us! The tents are ordered, the speakers have responded, the band is warming up and sunshine has been requested, all in preparation for the dedication of the restored Hamden Covered Bridge!

Hamden Bridge. Photo by Bob and Trish
Kane June 17, 2001 Hamden Bridge. Photo by Bob and Trish Kane June 17, 2001 →

        The Town of Hamden is busy making plans for this special occasion, on Saturday, July 28, 2001. Although there is still much to do, here are some highlights of the day. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held on the bridge, which will be closed to traffic that day. Special guest speakers will be Congressman Sherwood Boehlert and Senator John Bonacic. Representatives from various covered bridge societies will also give brief remarks. The New York State Covered Bridge Society, The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society, Vermont Covered Bridge Society, The Bridge-Covered, and the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges will all participate in the event.
        Covered bridge enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn more about the Hamden Covered Bridge from the Hamden Community and Historical Association and to purchase covered bridge items and memorabilia from the many organizations and crafters in attendance. And of course, for those who get hungry, food vendors will be on hand. The Hamden Community and Historical Association will sponsor a delicious chicken BBQ.
        Plenty of parking will be available on the east side of the bridge via the Town of DeLancey. Watch for parking signs to assist you. If you are planning to stay overnight, please make your reservations now, as accommodations are limited. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wayne Marshfield, Supervisor, Town of Hamden. We hope you will join the Town of Hamden and covered bridge enthusiasts on July 28 for this exciting historic event.

Saratoga County:

Copeland Bridge - NY 32-46-01 Other than landscaping around the bridge, and a few finishing touches, restoration of the bridge is almost complete. Marvin Wilson has been working on the landscaping, but due to major heart surgery, his work has been temporarily delayed. When it commences, a 3- to 4-space parking area and a handicap-accessible path with stonework on each side will be constructed near the carriage house. Boy Scouts earning their Eagle badges will be planting bushes, flowers, and plants once the path is completed. Completion date will be in the spring of 2002 and a dedication to celebrate the restoration of the Copeland Covered Bridge will be planned at that time.

Ulster County:

Ashokan/Turnwood - NY- 32-56-05 Andy Angstrom, Director of the SUNY Ashokan Field Campus, reports that the bridge is in great shape. The roadway, on the other hand, developed some problems over the spring flood season. He commented, "the workers who set the bridge back in 1939 showed great wisdom in making it NOT the weakest link". He also notes that they have placed a large cedar gazebo on the top of the hill above the falls. It will include interpretive material regarding the social and natural history of the site, explanations of the mill and the water resource, information about Ashokan programs and mission, and information regarding the conservation easement (which includes the bridge) and the Rondout Esopus Land Conservancy. He also plans to include information on the covered bridge.

Other news: DeLorme Atlas Project - What can we say? A project we thought would take us two years to complete is almost finished . . . in under a year! Covered bridge enthusiasts are special folks, indeed. Several others have contacted us to work on a state, and we sure do appreciate it. They are: Maryland, Joanne Schmitz and Jim Smedley; Dan Brock, (what a guy - not only did he work on his home state of Connecticut, but took on Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well!), and South Carolina and Tennessee, Warren White. A big thanks to all of you for your assistance in this endeavor. We are now down to six states . . . California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you would like to join in, please do not hesitate to contact us. And remember, you do not have to live in the state that you work on. You can reach us at: Bob and Trish Kane, 167 Williams Rd., Sherburne, NY 13460 or e-mail us at bobtrish68@clarityconnect.com

The official State and National Register of Historic Places Certificates for New York's Covered Bridges have arrived, and we are extremely honored to be able to present them to the appropriate parties throughout the summer months.

Correction: In the last issue of the NSPCB newsletter, we reported that the Denmar/Locust Creek Covered Bridge - WV 48-38-01 was listed as a Warren Double Intersection Truss. However, we noted in the winter 2000 and spring 2000 issues of Covered Bridge Topics that Joe Conwill referred to this bridge as a Smith type truss, which is correct. We apologize for any misunderstanding the error in our reporting may have caused. A correction will be made in the next printing of the World Guide as well as other publications and websites.

Here are the directions to the Bull Run Restaurant Route 2A (215 Great Road), Shirley, Mass.
From Boston: Route 2 West. Take exit 38 B-Ayer/Groton. Follow Route 110/111 for I mile to Ayer rotary. Third right off rotary. Route 2A west. Six miles to Shirley.
From Worcester: Route I-190 North to Route 2 East to Shirley, exit #36. Go right on Shirley Road for one mile to the police station. Bear right at stop sign, Take first LEFT onto Center Road, follow three miles to Route 2A. Take a right. The Bull Run is on the left.
From Nashua, N.H.: Route 111 to Massachusetts to Route 119. Left on 119 towards Groton. Pick up Route 225 toward West Groton then to Shirley town line. Take second left on Longley Road. One mile to Route 2A & The Bull Run Restaurant.
From Route 495: Exit #30-Route 2A West. Littleton, Ayer, then Shirley approximately 10 miles.

You will be hearing more about the meal and cost in the next Newsletter. The Annual meeting is on the 21st of October. If you do not get your Newsletter in time to make your reservations, call here @ (603) 623-8406. Or e-mail. Reservations will be made to Dick Roy, 73 Ash Street, Manchester, NH. 03104-4906. There will be more in the Fall issue.


SMITH MILLENNIUM BRIDGE WGN 29-05-10 #2    by Dick Roy
It was a fairly warm day on June 8, 2001 the day for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Smith Millennium Covered Bridge in Plymouth, NH.

Smith Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01
School Bus transporting children to bridge. Photo Dick Roy →        June and I arrived about 9:15. There was no lack of parking space and the committee did a very nice job of directing us to the parking area. A short walk from the parking area to the bridge and found not too many people at the site. This was to change drastically when personnel began getting things together. There were food vendors, souvenir vendors and of course people from the Smith Millennium Bridge Dedication Committee passing out and selling material concerning the Smith Millennium Covered Bridge. Every one seemed to have an excellent time.
        I was especially happy to see how many local and nearby children were bused to the site to view the bridge and every one of them had a guided tour of the bridge. I thought that I would be a wise guy and asked them, "Why was the Bridge covered?" There seem to be a disagreement as to why. I saw the tour guide and asked them if they were asking the children why the bridge was covered? Some of the guides were not sure themselves. However this was rectified with a few carefully placed words.

Smith Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01
Early preparations on June 8, 2001. Photo Dick Roy →
Here are a few statistics taken from various sources: First bridge on site in 1790 and called the Wells Bridge. 1825 This in turn was completely rebuilt by Capt. Charles Richardson and named the Smith Bridge for Jacob Smith, who donated the land. This bridge was washed away in 1850. The Smith Covered Bridge as we know it was built shortly after. A Littleton, NH native, Harmon Macy built a new bridge of the Long Truss Design, 140 feet long. In 1938 the bridge was damaged and extensive repairs were needed. New arches were added in 1950 and a complete restoration was performed. Again in 1957 the bridge was completely renovated. This time Iron "Telltale" protectors were added a short distance from each portal.
        On April 16, 1993, an arson fire completely destroyed the structure and toppled it into the Baker River.
        The town of Plymouth debated whether another covered bridge should be built or should be replaced by a more modern structure. In the forthcoming years arrangements were under way to design a covered bridge. This covered bridge would be like no other wooden bridge ever built. Robert Canham, along with Ryan-Biggs Associates, PC, of Troy, NY. The design was finally prefabricated by Unadila Laminated Products from Unadila, NY. Stanley Graton II, visited and worked with the people in NY. When completed the bridge was taken apart and shipped to Plymouth.
        This structure was not built the traditional way, that is to say build the truss flat on platform or road. The bridge was put together piece by piece directly over the abutments and false work. There are photographs that depict metal staging pieces, sometime enough to obliterate the view of the timbers going into place. The timbers arrived from July 2000 until Early in 2001. The bridge contract was awarded to 3G Construction, headed by Stanley Graton II, grandson of Milton Graton the legendary covered Bridge restorer and builder.
        In the Record Enterprise, June 7, 2001. A photo shows Governor Jeanne Shaheen driving a ceremonial spike into the deck of the Smith Millennium Bridge. Another photo shows the Governor signing a proclamation at the Smith Millennium Bridge.
        New Hampshire Highways has a story abut the building and photographs on the progress of the building. The Weirs Time, April 12, 2001, also had several pages of information, as well as the Souvenir program for the dedication of the bridge.


In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of George R. Enos, 72, longtime treasurer of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association, OHBA, who passed away April 5, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. George was elected treasurer of the OHBA in 1975 and performed his duties willingly and well until the end of his life. A little over two weeks before his death he was present at the March meeting and read his treasurer's report. His last act for the OHBA, just days before his death, was to get membership cards in order and help prepare the mailing list for this issue of Bridges and Byways. George was a fine man and all of you who attended meetings and picnics will remember him. Our deepest sympathy to his widow, Jeri and their family.

If anyone wants to write to George's widow, address Jeri Enos at 6188 Chinaberry Dr., Columbus Ohio, 43213-3322. It is not sure, what, if any, memorial preference may have been expressed. George would be honored by any donations to the OHBA. Until a new treasurer is found, send any donations to Marion Wood, 3155 Whitehead Road, Columbus Ohio 43204-1855.


Covered Bridge Course in Vermont

The Vermont Technical College is located in Randolph Center Vermont (USA) and offers a week long program related to Vermont covered bridges. "See Vermont Through Covered Bridges" will be offered during August 12 - 19, 2001. Ages 21 and over are welcome to join this popular tour week. VTC is located 1 mile from Interstate 89 and 3 hours from Boston or Montreal. Come on Sunday and stay through Sunday the following weekend. Overnight accommodations include campus living with single or double occupancy or drive your RV and park with full hook-up; all meals and other activities included. Transportation provided for all field trips and extracurricular activities. During the Summer of 2000 there were 45 bridges visited. 22 participants shared an adventure they will never forget.
        Meet the President of the newly formed Vermont Covered Bridge Society, Joseph C. Nelson. "Spanning Time: Vermont's Covered Bridges," was written by Mr. Nelson and the first Vermont covered bridge book to be photographed entirely in color.
        Vermont's bridges reflect their communities and their builders. They vary in design, architecture, history, and the stories they tell and carry. Through slide shows, lectures, daily field trips, and computer research discover Vermont's covered bridges. Put on your walking shoes and bring your camera! Euclid Farnham, a seventh generation native Vermonter from Tunbridge, will be your guide. Mr. Farnham's knowledge combined with a bit of Vermont humor will give you reason enough to join our adventure.

For more information please contact: Gae Kovalesky, Coordinator, - Vermont Technical College, Technology Extension Division, Conant Hall, Randolph Ctr., VT 05061. gkovales@vtc.vsc.edu


Slate Covered Bridge - Trusses being moved into position.

Slate Bridge WGN 29-03-06 #2 rebuilding. I left home early on June 18, 2001, heading towards Swanzey, New Hampshire to visit the site of the Slate Bridge. I was called the week before by a friend Sean James of Hoyle & Tanner that the trusses of the structure, at least one of the trusses, was to be lifted and placed on its abutments. This is an all day affair and everything went very well, as the truss on the east side was lifted and set on the abutments, just as scheduled.
       You say how are the floor beams to be held up until the next truss is in place? A temporary steel beam was placed in the river a few feet from where the second truss will eventually set. This temporary steel beam will hold the loose ends of the floor beams until the second truss is set in place.

Smith Bridge. Photo Bobs Kirkham, June
8, 1966Here is a photo of the Slate Bridge taken at Festival Time taken by Bobs Kirkham June 8, 1966.
This beautifully Maintained Cadillac of Albert Cook of Marlboro, Mass. Was one of the old vehicles which paraded through the bridge.

Wright Construction did a good job of lifting and setting the trusses into place. I returned on Wednesday and the floor beams were already needled through the eastern truss and they were getting ready to set the second truss into place.
       This is the first bridge that I have personally seen lifted over the stream in this manner. Usually the entire bridge, less a few critical areas, that will be used to roll the structure over false work, is rolled over as one unit and the critical areas used to move the bridge are finished up.
Here are a few photos taken on Monday June 18, 2001. Top left: The first truss is righted from the pad that it was built on. The center view shows the engineers Sean James and Bob Durfee engineers from Hoyle & Tanner looking things over while a steel beam is being readied for the large crane to hook on to. The third photo: the large crane is hooked to the truss and is ready to place over the stream. Bottom left: another view of the righted truss. Bottom right: finally over the stream. All photos Dick Roy

Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01
Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01















Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01
Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01















Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June 18,'01

Slate Bridge. Photo Dick Roy, June
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File Cleaning

Let me start by saying that there are many items to be discussed here.
Please make sure that you get to the dedication of the reopening of the restored Hamden Bridge in Hamden, NY. This is scheduled to be a very fun time, by all that attend. See Spanning New York State of this issue, written by Trish Kane.
There will be several Covered Bridge Societies represented. In fact there will be a fairly large tent just for the Covered Bridge Societies. Hope to see you there. There will be a book published in late July or early August 2001. This will be of the "Covered Bridges in Virginia" It was written by Leola B. Pierce. It will be published by Upstream Press. I have contacted them and they will let me know when it will be ready, the cost etc. I will keep you informed of the publication date etc. This should prove to be a very interesting book. From Leola Pierce: Bridge Day Celebration & Harvest Dinner, to be held at the 601 Bridge (Sinking Creek)(46-36-01) Newport, Giles County Virginia. Mark your calendar Sept. 22, 2001 and join the folks at the bridge site from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The dedication at 12:00 Noon and the Harvest Dinner at 6:00 P. M. at the Newport Recreation Center. There are 3 bridges in the Newport area. Sinking Creek Bridge (46-36-01); Link Farm Bridge (46-36-02)(pri.); Maple Shade Bridge. (46-36-03) This is a good time to get acquainted with people and the Bridges. From Ron Charles: Sent in a clipping from the St. Louis Dispatch dated Sunday, May 6, 2001. On the road: Indiana. Covered bridges connect the past with the present in Parke County. It also lists a web page if anyone is interested to connect to. http://www.STLtoday.com There are driving tours in the area. As well as all sorts of information . Call the Park County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (765) 569-5226 or go to www.covered bridges.com Other nearby counties can claim covered bridges, but Parke County easily has the most. Ron also mentions that the fund raising project for the Cilleyville Bridge, Andover, NH is moving ahead. "Last I heard we were close to $100,000 of the needed $150,000." Ed Note: In the Manchester Union Leader June 22, 2001. "29 Towns and cities get $3.2M in heritage grants. One of the subject caught my eye. "Andover: $72,000 of $156,000 to rehabilitate the Cilleyville Bog Bridge. From Richard Donovan - Repairs to two covered bridges will protect them for future generations. The article is dated February 2, 2001. The article refers to the bridges in Snyder County Penn. Namely the Aline covered bridge WGN 38-55-04 along Route 104 in Perry Township and the Dreese covered bridge WGN 38-55-02 off route 522 along covered bridge road in Beaver Township. Both bridges have been closed to vehicular traffic for approximately 20 years. However, the bridges will be open to pedestrian traffic, said engineer Mark Wilson, whose York County consulting firm is heading the project. Work should be completed by the end of June. Our meeting at the site of the Contoocook Railroad Bridge in Hopkinton, NH went very well. In conjunction with Historical Contoocook Railroad Depot just several feet from the bridge. Funds have been applied for and I believe granted.


Honorary Lifetime Membership
It was voted unanimously at our Last meeting that Joe Nelson and his wife Ruth be made Honorary Lifetime Members, for services rendered to the society through the use of his web site.        I notified Joe and Ruth by e-mail and he was very pleased to receive this honor.


CONTOOCOOK RAILROAD BRIDGEGRANT
The state of New Hampshire through the DIVISION OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES has successfully received a matching grant for the rehabilitation of the Contoocook Railroad Bridge in Hopkinton, NH. This matching grant requires that the Historical Resources Dept. fund $17,500 from the Conservation License Plate. (Moose Plate) This will protect the covered bridge against fire by installing a fire detection system and a dry sprinkler system and by applying a chemical fire retardant to all wood members. Various other items will be done at the site. The grant will give the Historical Resources Division $70,000, which is a 4 to 1 grant. The Society has been working for several years. The members of the Society are performing many of the small items that have to be cared for. Hopefully the bideable items will be secured in the Fall or next Spring.>

Until next time, keep healthy. RER

BOSTON & MAINE RAILROAD
There are two excellent books out for those of you who like railroading. Bruce D. Heald Ph. D authors them. They are Part of the Images of rail series. The first is "Boston & Maine in the 19th Century". This one depicts old railroad schedules, photos of older engines, a listing of all the COMPONENT RAILROAD LINES FORMING THE BOSTON & MAINE SYSTEM. The other is the Boston & Maine in the 20th Century". This volume depicts many railroad stations, copies of schedules, only one covered bridge however. That would be the big Bath Bridge showing the RR Station just to one side. These two books are well worth the cost. They are $18.99 each from Barnes and Noble or any of their affiliate stores. Check them out.


"Covered Bridges of Vermont"
This book by Ed Barna is available from June Roy for $17.00 postpaid.

8 chrome Post Cards of Maryland Bridges Available from Pauline Prideaux, 143 Freeman Street, Ext., Haverhill, Mass., 01830-4659, These post cards were published by Evelyn Thomas. They are for sale for $2.00 postpaid.
20-03-01 Bunker Hill         20-08-01 Gilpins         20-03-02*13-01 Jerico         20-11-01 Utica Mills
20-08-02 Foxcatcher Farm         20-11-02 Roddy Road         20-11-03 Loys         20-14-01 Burdett


The Covered Bridges of Virginia, A Guide By Andrew Howard
This guide describes the public Covered Bridges Remaining in the state. The detailed directions to each Bridge is described as well as 3 views of each bridge. The Virginia Guide can be purchased for $6.95 plus $2.00 postage and Handling.
Other books by Andrew Howard
C/B's of Madison County Iowa, A Guide.........$6.50
C/B's Bennington County Vermont, A Guide.....$6.50
C/B's of Massachusetts, A Guide...................$7.00
C/B's of Connecticut, A Guide......................$5.50
C/B's of Virginia, A Guide.................. ........$6.95
These is a $2.00 postage and Handling Charge for each book.
Order from June Roy, 73 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4906.


NEW BOOK
"Covered Bridges of Berks County, Pennsylvania" Hardback 137 pages, 71 photos, plus paintings, maps, courthouse records, newspaper accounts, and more. Find out which bridge had a fireplug, which bridge had a murdering ghost, which bridge was crossed by President Martin VanBuren.
$29.95 (which includes shipping)
Fred J. Moll, 714 Forest St. Fleetwood, PA. 19522


WORLD GUIDE OR COVERED BRIDGE TOPICS INDEX
On computer Disc (Macintosh Format) EACH $ 5.00
Purchase from Joseph Cohen
130 Westfield Dr. Holliston MA 01746
(Joe is unavailable from Oct to February)

The World Guide is continually updated
It is the working copy from which
The printed book is made

The Index is updated each issue,
Subjects, authors, etc.
Please note you must convert to Windows
Format if that is what your computer uses.


Another Book on Vermont Covered Bridges
is Joseph Nelson's book - Spanning Time: Vermont's Covered Bridges.
Write and ask how much the book is going for, or look up www.vermontbridges.com
Joseph was running a special just a few weeks ago.
E-mail address jcnelson@together.net
($40/copy - J.N.)


See you at the dedication of the Hamden Bridge in Hamden, New York. See Trish Kane's article in Spanning New York State - Hamden Bridge

Sheltered Crossings everyone!!!
See you all there
July 28, 2001

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SERIES I - COVERED BRIDGES
McConnell's Mill Bridge, Lawrence, PA
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Bergstresser/Dietz Bridge, Franklin, OH
Harpersfield Bridge, Ashtabula, OH
Upper Darby/Pottersburg Bridge, Union, OH
Mansfield Bridge, Parke, IN
Westport Bridge, Decatur, IN
Newfield Bridge, Tompkins, NY
Rexleigh Bridge, Washington, NY
Philippi Bridge, Barbour, WV
Barrackville Bridge, Marion, WV
Vermont Bridge, Worcester, MA
Stone Mountain Bridge, De Kalb, GA
Concord/Ruff's Mill Bridge, Cobb, GA
Swann/Joy Bridge, Blount, AL
Gil~and/Reese City Bridge, Etowah, AL
Wolf Bridge, Knox, IL
Elizabethton Bridge, Carter, TN
Meems Bottom Bridge, Shenandoah, VA
Jericho Bridge, Baltimore, MD
Goddard/White Bridge, Fleming, KY
Switzer Bridge, Franklin, KY

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