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Lake Champlain Bridge

Lake Champlain Bridge
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Lake Champlain Bridge

The opening of the Lake Champlain Bridge in 1929 inspired cheering crowds, marching bands, and grinning politicians. Everyone understood the potential that this long span brought with it: For the first time, the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains were connected, uniting the region and spurring tourism and development. Age has taken its toll on this iconic structure, and now the governments of Vermont and New York are debating whether to repair or replace it. Vermont is in favor of preserving this historic link, but New York is not yet convinced. You can make your voice heard by writing to the committee at: Or contact: 802-828-3213;

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Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell


Justin Shatwell is a longtime contributor to Yankee Magazine whose work explores the unique history, culture, and art that sets New England apart from the rest of the world. His article, The Memory Keeper (March/April 2011 issue), was named a finalist for profile of the year by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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