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A Sad Sight
From: "dick & jeanette" firstname.lastname@example.org
This is about the Paper Mill Covered Bridge in
Bennington, Vermont. It is gone! That nice old historic covered bridge has been taken
I went to the paper, the Bennington Banner, to see if I could get a clipping of the bridge being taken down. The paper did not report on the bridge being removed, so no one there knew the bridge was gone. We went to the nearby K-mart and the people there also did not know the bridge had been removed.
The bridge was removed very quietly and with no fanfare. How can this happen? Bennington has a replica covered bridge in the Henry Bridge only a little over a mile away. I just can't understand why they would want another replica. I am told the engineers said it could not be fixed. I can't agree with that. I have seen some pretty bad bridges brought back to useful service.
My feeling are that Bennington has lost something special. A replica is nothing like the old bridge. I fault the officials, the highway department and even the local paper for not bringing this deed to the public's attention. There is no record at all of the bridge being removed.
Bennington will have only one historic covered bridge. We can all hope nothing happens to it.
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