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COVERED BRIDGES OF VIRGINIA

           In memory or imagination, covered bridges conjure up sights and sounds of days gone by. In Virginia, they began to dot the countryside nearly two centuries ago. Spanning rivers and streams, their number grew to the hundreds.

           Eventually many gave way to floods and fires and to the technology that replaced the wooden peg with the metal bolt and broad timbers with narrow steel. By 1900, the overhead steel truss bridge had become the engineers' design of choice.

           It is estimated that approximately 100 of these “kissing bridges,” as they were sometimes known, survived into the early years of the 20th century and the numbers dwindled down to about 50 in the mid-1930s.

           Today in Virginia, only eight covered bridges still stand. Five have been preserved as landmarks and three are on private property. You are invited to visit these picturesque structures that span time as well as water.

Credit to:
Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia Department of Transportation

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