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Tunbridge's Mill Bridge is back Bridge Pulled Back over River by
Oxen July 3.|
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Tunbridge Celebrates Mill Bridge
Photos by Jackie Higgins
On July 22, 2000 Tunbridge celebrated the opening of a new covered bridge in the heart of
the village's historic district. Friends of the old Mill Covered Bridge gathered for the ribbon
cutting and a bit of pageantry. Euclid Farnham, author and Tunbridge Historian served as Master
of Ceremonies while Dick Ellis' South Royalton Band provided the music.
The new bridge stands ready, ribbon in place, as the clock
ticks toward 11 .a.m.
The South Royalton Band plays a medley of tunes as the
hour draws near. The saw mill where, in 1880, builder Arthur Adams got his lumber for the Mill
Bridge stands in the background. Euclid Farnham opened the ceremonies with the Band's
rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Alona Litwick, at 92 the town's eldest resident, cuts the
ribbon, officially opening the bridge.
Alona Litwick rides in a vintage Chevelle convertible, the
first automobile to officially cross the bridge.
As Euclid Farnham tells the story of the coachman
notorious for running bridges, Shane Young, playing the part of the coachman, drives his rig
through the bridge at a trot.
The story continues as Dan Mullen, Tunbridge First
Constable, steps forward to enforce the edict of the Selectmen: "ONE DOLLAR FINE for a
person to drive a horse or other beast faster than a walk or drive more than one loaded team at
the sam time ON THIS BRIDGE"
"Here is two dollars," retorted the coachman. "Cause when I come back this way, I'm going to
run your ding bridge again!" Or words to that effect. And according to history, he did.
Mounted color guard Lorri Berger walks her horse through
the new bridge.
Scott Guth leads his ox Jackson through the bridge that
they had helped pull over the river last July 3.
Four pre-1940 vintage cars paraded over the bridge. Nancy
and Randy Chapman cross the replica 1880 bridge in their 1928 Chevy.
Here Baxter Doty and Ernest Howe ride in style, with
Doug Giles, chairman of the select board in the rumble seat.
Hale and Diane Mattoon, and Hilda and Buck Rogers cross
in a Ford Model B open-top.
Roger and Louise Sargent in their 1929 Ford sedan. Look
closely and you will see one of their two stuffed bears riding in back.
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This file posted July 29, 2000