Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

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May Margrit B. (Swis… on September 18, 2007

We've had an interesting discussion about wooden bridges at Bruce Caisse's place. I have some photos ready of a few of my covered bridges as well.

Does it say somewhere how old this bridge is?

Greetings from Switzerland, May

Foxx Trotter on September 18, 2007

That is the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge located in my home state of North Carolina, only one of two historic covered bridges remaining here. Below is a caption from my website...

Catawba County once had many covered bridges. Today, only the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge remains. Located near Claremont, North Carolina east of Hickory, the bridge was originally built as an open span bridge in 1894 (covered in 1900) and is one of two remaining Haupt Truss constructions. It is 85 feet long and spans Lyles Creek. The bridge was restored in 1994, but has since seen an interior covering of graffiti.

You can see may more of my scenic photos at my personal website, Foxx Trotter's Cavern, or on my deviantART site.

May Margrit B. (Swis… on September 21, 2007

Thank you for this detailed information. You must have done a fantastic job, writing about the covered timber bridges in the USA. In Europe the longest is across the Rhine between Germany and Switzerland in Saeckingen with 203.7 meters and the second longest is 202.9 meters in Luzern Switzerland.

Where I live (Emmental, Canton of Berne) are quite many covered wooden bridges. One in the villsge, I live, has even a wooden shingle roof.

Foxx Trotter on September 21, 2007

The longest covered bridge in the United States currently is the Medora Covered Bridge in Indiana at 458 feet (140 meters). A new covered bridge is being built in Ohio which will eventually surpass that length. It is expected to be around 600 feet (183 meters) long. The longest covered bridge in the world over a single span is the Blenheim Covered Bridge in New York State at 232 feet (71 meters).

There is one other historic covered bridge in my home state of North Carolina, and that is the Pisgah Covered Bridge at 51 feet (16 meters) in length. It was originally built in 1911, but was destroyed by a flood in 2003. The bridge was rebuilt the following year.

I plan on getting some more covered bridge photos when I go to Alabama next month. There are a couple which I still need to get down there.

May Margrit B. (Swis… on September 22, 2007

Thanks for the information, Foxx! You have a great collection of covered wooden bridges. Have you got a photo of the Blenheim bridge in New York State of the construction underneath?

It's wonderful, that they have rebuilt the Pisgah bridge. Hopefully there won't be a flood again.

It's amazing how many covered bridges you have in your collection. We have some very old bridges, on which we can still drive with cars. In some places they have built new bridges, but the old wooden bridges still remain. the oldest and second longest historic bridge of the world in Lucerne has partly burnt a few years ago. But they have restored it very well. Its just part of Lucerne.

Foxx Trotter on September 22, 2007

Naw, I don't have underneath photos of any covered bridges I took, just the inside and exteriors. Most of them are on my personal website.

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  • Uploaded on February 26, 2007
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    by Foxx Trotter
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A620
    • Taken on 2007/01/14 15:25:37
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    • F/Stop: f/3.200
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