Kentucky's Covered Bridges
Kentucky is well recognized for bourbon, bluegrass, and the Kentucky Derby. When thinking of covered bridges, the commonwealth is not the state that readily comes to mind. Many of Kentucky's covered bridges were built by such men as Wernwag, Bower, Carothers, Day, Stone, and Long, but many of the names were never recorded or have been lost to time. Kentucky once was home to the longest single-span wooden bridge in the world and to a covered bridge through which a Civil War battle was fought. Time, arson, progress, neglect, and misguided maintenance have spelled the demise of the majority of these structures. Readers of this volume might be surprised to learn that Kentucky once claimed more than 700 timbered tunnels and that over 50 of these survived well into the 1950s. Equally surprising, the commonwealth is still home to 13 of these structures.
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Area Development District Bluegrass Bourbon County Bower Bridge Company Bridge Company photograph bridge was built bridge was replaced Burr arch truss BUTLER BRIDGE CAMP NELSON BRIDGE construction County line County's Courtesy Kentucky Historical Courtesy NSPCB Archive Courtesy Transylvania University covered bridges built CREEK BRIDGE Creek on KY crossed Dix River Elkhorn Creek Filson Historical Society Fleming County Fork of Elkhorn Greenup County Hubble Road John Thierman Collection Jurgensen photograph KCBA Kentucky covered bridge Kentucky Highway Department Kentucky Historical Society known covered bridges Lake Cumberland last covered bridge Laughlin Lewis Wernwag Licking River Louisville Lynn Vaughn Mason County MILL BRIDGE multiple kingpost multiple kingpost truss North Fork Pendleton County photograph was taken pier PIKE BRIDGE PORTAL VIEW queenpost truss repair replaced by concrete Salt River shows the bridge siding was removed single-span Stock Bower stone abutments Switzer Bridge timbered tunnels Transylvania University Library truss was built two-span Winston Coleman photograph