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Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site
Missouri State Historic Site
Country United States
State Missouri
County Monroe County
Coordinates 39°25′58″N 92°6′9″W / 39.43278°N 92.10250°W / 39.43278; -92.10250Coordinates: 39°25′58″N 92°6′9″W / 39.43278°N 92.10250°W / 39.43278; -92.10250
Founded 1967

Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site in Monroe County, Missouri, is maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a state historic site. The bridge was built in 1871 across the Elk Fork of the Salt River and is a link in the Paris to Fayette Road. Its name comes from the nearby Union Church. In 1968 a partial restoration was completed using materials from the Mexico Covered Bridge which was destroyed the year before by flood waters. In 1970 the Union bridge was closed when a truck damaged some of its structural timbers. A total restoration was completed in 1988. The bridge was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]

The bridge is a 120 foot (36.6 m) long Burr Arch span. It is 17 feet 6 inches (5.3 m) wide and 12 feet high (3.7 m). Joseph C. Elliot built the bridge in 1871 from local oak. It is sided in clapboard and uses wood shingles. Two earlier uncovered bridges preceded this bridge and had to be replaced due to decay.[1]


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