Bridge out, 1898


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 All profits benefit the Bennington Museum.



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