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Abbie Sherman , Grant Program Manager Visit ThinkVermont. Menu Vermont Official State Website. Funding and Incentives Grants. Tax Credits. Online Tools. The red brick Rhodes house still sits on the former Brehm property, as shown in the recent photo. Other Then and Now articles have shown how one location has changed over time. This article features a Burlington landmark that has changed locations over time.

The bridge, a 19th-century Pratt through truss bridge, is the oldest known remaining truss bridge in the entire State of Wisconsin.

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Built in , the iron bridge replaced a wooden truss bridge that had been built across the White River in The bridge was designed and built by Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works, a company which became a leading bridge building firm in the central states region by the 20th century. Civil War veteran, Henry R. About two weeks before the bridge was completed, an unusual accident occurred. The Burlington Standard of September 6, , reported it as follows:.

On Friday afternoon last August 31 , at about 4 o'clock, a most lamentable, and unexpected disaster befell the new iron bridge in construction across White river. It fell over into the river south of the lower staging in consequence of not being sufficiently braced before removing the high scaffold which supported both sides. In an interview with a Standard reporter, Mr.

DeLaplain, the superintendent of its erection, said that the fall was caused in neglecting to put on the corner braces, and that his motive in so doing was that he could have been able, if successful, to open the bridge one day earlier to travel than otherwise. He has done so once before and would have succeeded with this one had not the wind, which blew somewhat, started the sides out of their well balanced equilibrium. It is a mishap, an accident and nothing more, and our citizens seem to be fully aware of the fact, and are sympathizing with the company and the builder.

DeLaplain says that the damages may amount to about one hundred dollars at the highest calculation and that he will allow the bridge, when finished, to be tested with all the severeness that may be desired to satisfy all of its strength and durability. The company which he represents is F.

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The staging is up anew at the present writing, and another week will undoubtedly see it completed. The bridge was opened on September 15 and served the city for over 40 years. The introduction of the automobile in the early 20th century meant heavier and faster traffic, which increased stresses on the bridge. In August warning signs were placed on the bridge, and in March an engineering inspection found the bridge unsafe.

Six months later, construction of a new concrete bridge was started. The bridge was moved 30 feet north so that traffic could be maintained over it while the new bridge was being built.

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In November work on the new bridge was suspended for the winter because city officials thought there was too much danger from freezing to allow pouring of concrete to continue. Work on the concrete bridge resumed in April In March the city council authorized the board of public works to sell the iron bridge to the highest bidder. Workmen then reassembled the iron bridge over Honey Creek, where it sits today.

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The Then photo of the bridge was taken about with an Al-Vista panoramic camera invented by Peter Angsten and made in Burlington by the Multiscope and Film Company. The negative of the photo was recently found in a box of Al-Vista negatives donated to the Burlington Historical Society by Mrs. Marilyn Schilz, a granddaughter of Mr. According to the website, HistoricBridges. It features unusual poles for sway bracing. In addition, and most noteworthy, the central vertical members display one of the most unusual designs of built-up beams ever encountered by the HistoricBridges.

The stone wall that lined the sidewalk on the east side of McHenry Street approaching St. The area that the wall fronted now contains the main building of Catholic Central High School, as shown in the photo at right, taken in June The near building with the cupola in the photo, now known as the Annex, was built over a five-year period starting in Its cornerstone was laid in September and the work progressed as materials and money became available.

It is said that, as the walls rose, blindfolded horses were led up a ramp pulling the loads of stones to be laid by the masons. When completed in , the building was dedicated as the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In , following the construction of a new church building on the southeast corner of McHenry and Liberty now State streets, the building was remodeled into a school. The original steeple was eventually removed and the short cupola seen in both photos was installed in its place.

Several smaller spires that had lined the sides at the lower roof lines were also removed, with the columns that the spires topped being taken down to the joint just below the roof lines. The corner church building with the towering steeple seen in the photo suffered a disastrous fire in July which destroyed the steeple and most of the roof. The walls, however, were not destroyed because the rafters, which were made of wood rather than metal, burned and fell to the floor rather than twisting and pulling in the walls.

With the moral and financial support of parishioners and others in the community, the church building was reconstructed along the lines of the original building with the replacement steeple installed in February The church was re-dedicated on December 7, , the eve of the feast of the parish's patron, the Immaculate Conception. The parish rectory, whose front can be seen between the church buildings in both photos, was built in , at the same time as the original corner church building. The rectory building also contains the church office. The high school building seen at the right in the photo was dedicated in September as St.

Mary's Catholic High School, completing a process that started in when then-pastor Rev. Joseph A. VanTreek proposed the project. The high school started with 45 students, 12 from outside the parish. In , the school board expanded to include representatives from other parishes. With 13 member parishes, the name of the school was changed in to St. Mary's Catholic Central and was shortened in to Catholic Central.

In the distance on the left in both photos can be seen the large stone building on the corner of McHenry and Jefferson Streets. That building, more recently known as the Yanny building, served as the parish's first grade school in , with the teachers, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, living on the first floor, while the classes were held on the second floor. The Burlington Post Office building, shown in the center of the recent photo, now sits on the southeast corner of Pine and State streets where the imposing, ornate house, shown in the circa Al-Vista panoramic photo, stood from until Prior to , the property was owned by the Ayers family whose patriarch, Maurice Ayers, was a prominent farmer and businessman.


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Ayers owned the dam which adjoins Echo Park and a feed mill, which stood on the site of the present Standard Press building. With farm equipment manufacturer, J.

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Case, and others, Ayers also founded what became the Bank of Burlington. In March , Mr. The cornerstone was still on the property in , but was later turned over to St.


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In , following his marriage, Frank started building a house. But his wife proved unfaithful to him, and Ayers wanted nothing more to do with the property. Edward and Hannah Elizabeth Brook bought the property and the unfinished house from Ayers in They finished constructing the house and, with their four children, Ernest, Elmer, Ida, and Edith, they moved in.

He also was a real estate investor and a partner in the Brook-Barlow Investment Co.

The long seams of limestone running north-south across the entire western side of the state were sufficiently compressed and metamorphosed to form marble deposits in some areas, particularly near Rutland and Proctor. But for all the marble manufacturing that took place in Burlington, the city had no marble quarries.