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Mt. Zion covered bridge, 1985

Posted on June 14, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

James Bunch leaned out a window in the of the Mt. Zion covered bridge in Washington County on Aug. 7, 1985. Also called Beech Fork covered bridge because it spans Beech Fork Creek, it’s the longest multi-span bridge in Kentucky at 211 feet. The 1865 bridge is off Ky. 458 on Ky. 55 north of Springfield. The bridge is built of yellow pine and features a Burr arch truss. This is a great arch of wood sandwiched between two king posts and is named for Theodore Burr, who patented the truss design in 1804. The bridge was made obsolete by a new bridge in 1977 and was rehabilitated in 1982 and again in 2016. The bridge is closed to traffic, but you can stroll through it. Click on the image for a closer look. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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