Campbell's Covered Bridge

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Campbell's Covered Bridge
A photo of Campbell's Covered Bridge near Gowensville, South Carolina.
Coordinates35°5′9″N 82°15′51″W / 35.08583°N 82.26417°W / 35.08583; -82.26417Coordinates: 35°5′9″N 82°15′51″W / 35.08583°N 82.26417°W / 35.08583; -82.26417
Carries123 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd.
CrossesBeaverdam Creek
LocaleGowensville, Greenville County, South Carolina
DesignCovered bridge
Total length38 ft (12 m)
Width12 ft (3.7 m)
Construction end1909
Campbell's Covered Bridge
Campbell's Covered Bridge is located in South Carolina
Campbell's Covered Bridge
Campbell's Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Campbell's Covered Bridge
Location123 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd., Gowensville, South Carolina
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleHowe truss
NRHP reference #09000483[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 1, 2009

Campbell's Covered Bridge is a wooden covered bridge in northeastern Greenville County, South Carolina, near the small town of Gowensville,[2][3] and crosses Beaverdam Creek off Pleasant Hill Road.[4]

Campbell's Covered Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.[5] It is owned by Greenville County, which closed it to motorized traffic in the early 1980s.[6] The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 2009.[1]


The bridge was built in 1909 by Charles Irwin Willis (1878–1966)[7] and was named for grist mill owner Alexander Lafayette Campbell (1836–1920), who built and maintained a nearby corn mill for many years,[7] portions of which remain.[6]

The Campbell bridge has been restored twice, first in 1964 by the Crescent Garden Club,[4] and then in 1990.[8]

The land surrounding the bridge was owned by Sylvia Pittman until 2005,[6] when she sold 10 acres (40,000 m2) to the Greenville County.[6] She said, "I had in mind to have a park preserve this to let everyone enjoy this like we have."[6] The US$180,000 for beginning the park was covered by state and county grants.[6]


The Campbell's bridge is 38 feet (12 m) long and 12 feet (3.7 m) wide.[4] It was constructed in the relatively rare four-span, Howe truss design and features vertical iron rods and diagonal pine timbers.[9]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Brown, Weylin; Dean Campbell (March 14, 2009). "Campbell's Covered Bridge" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Campbell's Covered Bridge, Greenville County (123 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd., Gowensville vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Designated Sites - Campbell Covered Bridge". Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  5. ^ "Gowensville, South Carolina – Campbell Covered Bridge". South Carolina Information Highway. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Covered Bridge To Become Centerpiece Of New Park". WYFF. 2005-04-14. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  7. ^ a b "Campbell's Covered Bridge (23-25)". 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  8. ^ John F. Clark; Patricia A. Pierce (2003). Scenic Driving South Carolina. Globe Pequot. p. 40. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  9. ^ Scott Cochran (2007). Motorcycle Journeys Through the American South. Springer Science & Business. p. 234. Retrieved 2008-10-04.