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History – Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
The LVRT has changed significantly from its original development in 1877 as an operational railroad transporting freight and passengers to the trail today that connects with local communities.
Historic Fisher Bridge
Fisher Bridge is the only remaining covered railroad bridge in Vermont and one of only a handful left in the entire country. Built in 1908, it has some unusual features, including an architecturally attractive double Town Lattice truss and a full-length cupola to allow locomotive steam to escape from the bridge, a safety feature that reduced fire hazard along the 103-foot bridge. Upgrades to bridge support in 1968 included pier installation and four steel girders to support bridge load. The Fisher Bridge is located over the Lamoille River between Wolcott and Hardwick.
Bridge 68 – crossing the Lamoille River just north of Jeffersonville – was severely destroyed by a flood in 1927 and replaced by a steel truss bridge. In 1968, the covered bridge span was removed to support heavier diesel engines. During the past 50 years, the entire structure deteriorated so much that it was at risk of collapse and replaced with a new two-span recreational path bridge in 2017. Some of the original character was preserved in the center pier and abutments.
In 1949, three railway workers were killed in a tragic accident on the old rail line. They are memorialized on this plaque located along the LVRT near Jeffersonville. In 2016, a remembrance plaque was installed to note this event.