Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

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Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
Bunker Hill Bridge NC.jpg
Nearest city Claremont, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°43′17″N 81°06′55″W / 35.721515°N 81.115226°W / 35.721515; -81.115226Coordinates: 35°43′17″N 81°06′55″W / 35.721515°N 81.115226°W / 35.721515; -81.115226
Built 1895
Architectural style Haupt truss
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000446
Added to NRHP February 26, 1970[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

History and Design[edit]

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 (a former Native American trail). 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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