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Historic 141-Year-Old Covered Bridge Swept Away by Irene Flooding in Vermont: VIDEO


One casualty of flooding from Hurricane Irene was the 141-year-old Bartonsville Covered Bridge, an historic landmark built by Sanford Granger, caught on camera as it was swept away by floodwaters. 


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  1. Just becuase something is old, doesn't make it special.

    Ever watch those antique shows where the stoopids bring in something they think is sooooooo valuable becuase it's old and then they get told it's a worthless POS?

    Posted by: marc | Aug 29, 2011 1:50:18 PM

  2. "A" historic ... not "an" historic. H is a consonant. Thanks.

    Posted by: AP | Aug 29, 2011 1:59:00 PM

  3. @Marc you mean Antiques Roadshow? Only the most important television program of the modern era?

    Oh, but, on a serious note, structures from our past remind us of where we came from. Which is valuable. And to see something that has stood the test of time literally swept away is a little disheartening. *twirl*

    Posted by: JonBenet | Aug 29, 2011 1:59:32 PM

  4. Well, I can see both sides of it. Obviously the bridge had deep sentimental value for these residents. 141 years is an incredibly long time for such a structure to last. Think about Vermont in 1870. Think about the generations that have come and gone over that bridge. On the other hand, all things come to an end and its probably time they built a new bridge if that route is actually still in use.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 29, 2011 2:00:28 PM

  5. This is heartbreaking. How can people have no sense of history?

    Posted by: LAX/JFK | Aug 29, 2011 2:03:37 PM

  6. @AP Hey, sorry, but it doesn't matter that the H is a consonant. In grammar, it's one of the few exceptions for that rule because, well, it's not always a present sound.

    For instance, yes, you are right. "A historic" is correct, though, traditionally, "An historic" would be because of something called an unaccented syllable. So, you wouldn't say, "A hour" because the "h" sound isn't present. You'd say "An hour." Does that make sense? You're welcome.

    Posted by: JonBenet | Aug 29, 2011 2:04:45 PM

  7. Preserving the past allows us to find value in the future.

    Each and every community has a bridge, a building, a special event, worthy of preservation. That preservational icon validates the present by honoring our starting points.

    Thanks Andy for tipping your blog hat to Landmark preservation.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 29, 2011 2:16:15 PM

  8. Another reason to love this blog... news stories AND grammar lessons all in the same post.

    Posted by: Matt McKenzie | Aug 29, 2011 2:18:47 PM

  9. Life is more than just utilitarian activity and structures. This lovely bridge in the beautiful - and Progressive - state of Vermont was a link to something beyond the here & now.

    There are some who have pooh-poohed the warnings and precautions over the past several days. These pictures, and the 25+ people who lost their lives are reminders of the very real damage caused by Irene.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 29, 2011 2:25:04 PM

  10. Marc, et al
    I suspect that you've never been to Vermont and experienced the charming country side, roads, and covered bridges.

    If you had, you would better understand what the loss of that bridge and others like means to the people of Vermont and others who love Vermont.

    Posted by: Fred | Aug 29, 2011 2:27:56 PM

  11. WTF?! This is what you're crying about? I mean, actual tears being shed? Hunty's, if this is the ONLY thing that you have to cry over in your life, you better praise Jesus! #ReDONKulUS

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 29, 2011 2:28:35 PM

  12. Thanks Hank - extremely well said and spot-on.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 29, 2011 2:29:59 PM

  13. "I mean, actual tears being shed?"

    Have you ever worked to help preserve something? Have you ever been responsible for taking care of something your great-great-great-grandfathers built? Does your livelihood depend in any way on tourists who come to visit your area because of its historical buildings?

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 29, 2011 2:39:42 PM

  14. Forget about the sentimental value for a minute and just think economics. Vermont has a tourist economy and covered bridges draw tourists. A 141 year old covered bridge has - had - even more value because of its age. It may not be your cup of tea but it has both real monetary and sentimental value.

    And I would add, it may not be your cup of tea but dismissing it out of hand as irrelevant just calls out your own ignorance/stupidity/philistinism.

    Posted by: ant | Aug 29, 2011 2:50:42 PM

  15. What was swept away was a timber structure, probably well-documented since it was classed as landmark. So, there is absolutely no hindrance to rebuild it 99% like it used to be, if only the will is there. I was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, the town sporting probably the most landmarkish wood bridge in the world, the Kapellbrücke. Well, about a third of it was destroyed by fire in 1993, with shocked comments from all over the planet. Three years later it stood like before, only with lighter-colored wood in the replaced section. In 100 years, no one will be able to tell the difference, bar some experts. And most of the wood that burned then wasn't even from the Middle Ages-I can remember how I watched as a child in 1969 how most of the rotten beams and planks were replaced. For some weeks there was no bridge at all ! The only real loss in the fire were the triangular paintings in the roof, which really were 16th century originals. But I hardly think there was such artwork in your bridge. Therefore I call all carpenters to swing their axes, move their saws, bang their hammers, and rebuild that thing ASAP !

    Posted by: Remo | Aug 29, 2011 2:52:18 PM

  16. I find it very difficult to believe that the commenters who claim to see no loss in this aren't just yanking our chains. No one is that unappreciative of the value of history.

    Posted by: Glenn | Aug 29, 2011 2:55:36 PM

  17. @HOLLYWOOD, get a life.

    Posted by: reality | Aug 29, 2011 3:02:50 PM

  18. Um, to the "who cares" set here: gay men fix up old houses all the time; why, what do you think is in Greenwich Village, the French Quarter, the Castro? -- old stuff; we love old stuff; we set up antique stores and curio shops for heaven's sake. Losing such a structure is sad indeed; and I have not seen this story anywhere else, so thanks for bringing it to us.

    And once an hour I take an herb to mitigate against grammar queens who do take exception to the rules of English, which are so filled with exceptions that there are rules to the exceptions themselves; with an exception or two to the rules of any given exception to the rules, of course.

    "I" before "E" except after "C," is, of course, the rule, and well, Weird, eh? :)

    Posted by: Jim Hlavac | Aug 29, 2011 3:16:54 PM

  19. When I think history I think oppression of gay people and other minorities. Why the hell do you like history so much? You can learn from it but it's not something to be sentimental about.

    Posted by: KD | Aug 29, 2011 3:43:13 PM

  20. 'Hour' is pronounced like 'our', but 'history' is not pronounced 'istory', it is a breathy 'hhh-istory' and thus we place an 'a' before it, not an 'an'. HTHHAND.

    Posted by: Jangles | Aug 29, 2011 3:50:32 PM

  21. I agree wholeheartedly with Ant. The video was heartbreaking in the swiftness Nature can take away so much in mere seconds. Sad but inevitable.

    Posted by: Richard Crawford | Aug 29, 2011 3:50:35 PM

  22. when I think of history, I think of survival.

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 29, 2011 3:57:28 PM

  23. It's "an historical" in English for the same reason that "Les Halles" does not preserve the elision between the "s" and the silent "h" that is the normal rule in French. Both are exceptions to the rule based on traditional usage.

    Which, again, is oddly apropos given the topic of this post.

    Posted by: Really? | Aug 29, 2011 4:06:03 PM

  24. Matt Stone and Trey Parker could not have imagined better commentary for this video.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Aug 29, 2011 5:12:10 PM

  25. Thanks for the correction, but sorry AP, you are wrong. JONBENET is right. Lesson to be learned... Make sure you are correct before correcting someone else.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 29, 2011 6:51:05 PM

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