Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site

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Sandy Creek Covered Bridge
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Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site is located in Missouri
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site
Nearest city Hillsboro, Missouri
Coordinates 38°17′38″N 90°31′5″W / 38.29389°N 90.51806°W / 38.29389; -90.51806Coordinates: 38°17′38″N 90°31′5″W / 38.29389°N 90.51806°W / 38.29389; -90.51806
Area 9.9 acres (4.0 ha)
Built 1872 (1872)
Architectural style Other, Howe Truss
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000337[1]
Added to NRHP July 8, 1970

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site in Jefferson County, Missouri, is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks to preserve 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. It is named for Sandy Creek, which it crosses.

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. It is one of six bridges built that year for Hillsboro to 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 74.5 feet (22.7 m) high and 18 feet 10 inches (5.7 m) wide and has a height of 13 feet (4.0 m).[2]

The bridge spans its namesake Sandy Creek

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, and it was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. A major restoration project restored the bridge to its original appearance in 1984.[2]

The bridge is now open only to pedestrian traffic. The parks-administered historic site of which it is the centerpiece is a 205-acre (0.83 km2) day use facility with picnic tables, toilet facilities, and an interpretive display.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site – General Information". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-11-08.