NSPCB Newsletter - July - August - September - Summer 2001
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.
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
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Covered Bridge News
By Bob and Trish Kane
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 →
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
SMITH MILLENNIUM BRIDGE WGN 29-05-10 #2 by Dick
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.
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.
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.
For more information please contact: Gae Kovalesky, Coordinator, - Vermont Technical College, Technology Extension Division, Conant Hall, Randolph Ctr., VT 05061. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Here 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
Let me start by saying that there are many items to be discussed here.
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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
See you all there
July 28, 2001
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