Bridge out, 1898

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BENNINGTON — Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. This week, we have a timely look at the damage done to the Bennington-Hoosick trolley bridge by spring flooding in 1898.

"The covered bridge in background was a railroad bridge used by the Bennington-Rutland RR," Wager said. "The image was taken by the Soldiers' Home, on the Route 7 side, close to where the Walloomsac and Roaring Branch rivers meet."

Volume III of Wager's book series, "Bennington History: A Colorized Journey through the 19th-20th Century" is now on sale. Copies are available at Willy's Variety and the Bennington Museum Gift Shop, and can be ordered through the museum's website at https://store.benningtonmuseum.org/collections/tim-wager. All profits benefit the Bennington Museum.

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