Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Claremont

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The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is one of two covered bridges left in North Carolina, (the other being the Pisgah Covered Bridge in Randolph county), and is possibly the last wooden bridge in the United States with Haupt truss construction. It was built in 1895 by Andy L. Ramsour in Claremont, North Carolina, and crosses over Lyle creek. The bridge is a National Civil Engineering Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The project to build the bridge was started in 1894 when Catawba County Commissioners requested nearby owners of the Bunker Hill Farm to build and maintain a bridge that would cross Lyle Creek on the old Island Ford Road . According to local archives, Ramsour found the Haupt Truss design in a book. Since the bridge was originally constructed as an open span, its 91 ft. roof wasn't added until 1900, and in 1921, its original wooden shingle roof was replaced with a tin roof. The bridge was owned by the Bolick family until 1985 when they donated it to the Catawba County Historical Association, who restored it in 1994.
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  • I have always wanted to visit the covered bridge and what better time to do it but the fall. My granddaughter and I throughly enjoyed the color of the leaves and the bridge itself. The facility was....  more »
  • I had not been to the covered bridge in probably 40 plus years. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has changed little. More graffiti and a different place to park but still beautiful...  more »
  • Under rehabilitation when I visited, but it's going to be really cool! Great job boys!
  • One of the few covered bridges we still have in north Carolina

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