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Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Covered Bridge

One day while Grace and the kids and I were out, we decided to stop off at the Historic Meem's Bottom Covered Bridge, in Mt. Jackson. I absolutely LOVE covered bridges, and any chance I have to go to Meem's, I take it!

Here is some information about the bridge that I found on the Virginia website.

One of the best-known covered bridges is the 204-foot single-span Burr arch truss known as Meem's Bottom Covered Bridge in Mount Jackson. The Meem's Bottom Bridge was constructed in 1892-93 from materials cut and quarried nearby for the massive arch supports and stone abutments, which extended 10 feet below the riverbed. It was deeded to the Highway Department in the 1930's in return for assuming its maintenance.

This long span over the North Fork of the river carried traffic for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween 1976. After salvaging the original timbers, the bridge was reconstructed and eventually
under-girded with steel beams and concrete piers. The bridge was reopened to traffic in 1979 and is still in operation to date.

If you are ever in this area, this is a great place to stop. With picnic benches and access to the river, you may not want to leave!


Debby@Just Breathe said...

It's so pretty. The location looks so peaceful.

Mrs. JP said...

I also brake for covered bridges!!!

Melanie said...

Very pretty picture. I love covered bridges.:)