Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Goldman

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site is a publicly owned property in Jefferson County, Missouri, administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, preserving the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge. The bridge is one of four remaining covered bridges in Missouri, which once numbered about 30. It is a relatively rare example of a Howe truss bridge, one of three in Missouri. The covered bridge is named for Sandy Creek, which it crosses, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Jefferson County embarked on a building program following the American Civil War and paid John H. Morse $2000 for the construction of Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in 1872. Six bridges were built that year along the Old Lemay Ferry Road to connect the county seat of Hillsboro to St. Louis County. It was destroyed by high water in 1886, and was rebuilt for $899 by Henry Steffin using half of the original timbers and the original abutments. The bridge is 74.5ft high and 18ft wide and has a height of 13ft.
The bridge came under the protection of the state parks system when the state legislature passed an act in 1967 declaring all remaining covered bridges in the state to be state historic sites. Jefferson County released the bridge to the state in 1968; a major restoration project returned the bridge to its original appearance in 1984.
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  • Another stamp needed for my Missouri State Parks book. Gentlemen at Mastadon State Park informed us about this so we had to go. Very beautiful and I was not even aware that there was a covered bridge ...  more »
  • We visited this covered bridge and learned that the park is basically for day use only. It is very small, there don't appear to be any trails but there are outhouses and picnic tables with grills. The...  more »
  • Really neat area! Perfect place to spend the afternoon. The water was too shallow when I visited for any swimming, but area makes for a great to hike up the creek or just relax in the water. Would definitely go again. Also seemed to be really dog friendly.
  • Peaceful park to enjoy an outing! People were taking baby pictures, enjoying the creek....fascinating history!! This bridge is much bigger than I thought. Great way to see transportation in the past. Did you know there used to be a toll?? Back in beautiful scenery getting there too.

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