Honey Run Covered Bridge

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Honey Run Covered Bridge
Honey Run Covered Bridge.jpg
Honey Run Covered Bridge is located in California
Honey Run Covered Bridge
Honey Run Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Honey Run Covered Bridge
LocationButte County, California
Nearest cityChico, California
Coordinates39°43′43″N 121°42′13″W / 39.72861°N 121.70361°W / 39.72861; -121.70361Coordinates: 39°43′43″N 121°42′13″W / 39.72861°N 121.70361°W / 39.72861; -121.70361
Built1886
ArchitectAmerican Bridge and Building Company of San Francisco
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #88000920
Added to NRHPJune 23, 1988[1]

Honey Run Covered Bridge was a wooden covered bridge crossing Butte Creek, in Butte County, northern California. It was located on Honey Run Road at Centerville Road, about halfway in between Chico and Paradise, until it was destroyed in the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018.[2]

History[edit]

Built in 1886 and accepted as completed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on January 3, 1887, the Honey Run Bridge (originally Carr Hill Bridge) was constructed by the American Bridge and Building Company of San Francisco. George Miller was appointed Superintendent of Construction by Butte County to oversee the project.

The Honey Run Covered Bridge, as seen fourteen months prior to being destroyed by the Camp Fire in November of 2018.

The three-span wooden bridge was originally built uncovered, as evidenced by the timber trusses of the two original, remaining spans covered with sheet metal on three sides. The cover was added in 1901.

Crossing Butte Creek, the Honey Run Bridge was the only surviving example of a three-span timber Pratt-type covered bridge in the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The bridge was open to vehicular traffic until a truck crashed into the eastern span and damaged it in 1965, thus making the bridge virtually impassable. A new steel bridge was built upstream for vehicular traffic.

The covered bridge was then used as a pedestrian footbridge, protected within Honey Run Covered Bridge County Park. Local residents raised funds and rebuilt the eastern span from the ruins, and the bridge re-opened in 1972.[3]

It was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018.[4] There is a possibility that Historic American Engineering Record documentation of the bridge could be used in its reconstruction.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Robertson, Michelle (2018-11-10). "132-year-old Honey Run Covered Bridge, the last of its kind, destroyed by wildfire". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. ^ Miller, Terry E. America's Covered Bridges. Tuttle.
  4. ^ "Camp Fire in Paradise as Wildfire destroyed Buildings". November 2018.
  5. ^ *Witcher, T. R. (January 2019). "Fifty Years of Preservation: The Historic American Engineering Record" (PDF). Civil Engineering.

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