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Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge, Elkton

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The Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge is a Burr arch through truss wooden covered bridge in Bay View, Cecil County, Maryland, United States, close to the town of North East. The bridge was constructed by local Cecil County bridgewright Joseph George Johnson in the autumn and winter of 1860-61 across North East Creek. The bridge was erected adjacent to and upstream of Samuel Gilpin's mills and dam and crosses the millpond formed by it. This bridge has a span of 100 feet (30 m) and a total length of 119 feet (36 m) with its shelter panel overhangs, is 13.5 feet (4.1 m) wide, and is closed to all vehicular traffic.
The structure was restored in 1959 by the State Roads Commission and the Historical Society of Cecil County. In 2010 the bridge was rehabilitated by engineers Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, LLP; contractor Kinsley Construction; and specialist bridgwrighting subcontractors, Barns & Bridges of New England, the Truax Timberwright Woodworks, and New World Restoration.

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
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  • Stopped by for a quick visit before leaving town. The bridge is nicely restored & fun to walk across. Some parking (stone pull-off) right off the shoulder. 
    Stopped by for a quick visit before leaving town. The bridge is nicely restored & fun to walk across. Some parking (stone pull-off) right off the shoulder.  more »
  • After driving over many small and winding roads from Elkton, we did not expect to see the Gilpin Covered Bridge on a busy highway. Actually the bridge is set just off the highway and not open to... 
    After driving over many small and winding roads from Elkton, we did not expect to see the Gilpin Covered Bridge on a busy highway. Actually the bridge is set just off the highway and not open to...  more »
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  • Easy road side stop. You can walk across the bridge . You see the creek but you can only hear the falls. The bridge was built in 1860.
  • One of my favorite places to go, it's not only something special for me, it's inspiration and means something, it's a natural resource and a beautiful place

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