Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Claremont

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 cl...  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. Signs po...  more »
  • Serene Wooded Natural Setting. Good for a picnic or a stroll. Ample parking. A trail leads to the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge with Interpretation Signs that tell its story. The trail that follows the Lyle Creek at one time was an old Native American Trail and also was a crossing point for the prisoners of the American Revolution after the Battle of Cowpens. The Civil War also has its history here. A Great deal of History happened here, very interesting learning!
  • Such rich history. I’ve definitely forgotten how much awesomeness is around Catawba County.

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