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Barrackville Covered Bridge

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1853, Lemuel and Eli Chenoweth. 1995–1999, Paul D. Marshall and Associates. Marion County 21 at the junction with U.S. 250/32, crossing Buffalo Creek
  • Barrackville Covered Bridge (HABS/HAER)

Built to carry the Fairmont-Wheeling Turnpike over Buffalo Creek, this second oldest (after the Philippi Covered Bridge [ BA1]) of West Virginia's covered bridges has the longest clear span (145 feet 9 inches) of any. The bridge uses sturdy Burr arches with king-post trusses, allowing a long span without intermediate supports. Horizontal shiplap siding was added some twenty years after the original construction, and a covered walkway was added to the east side in 1934. In 1987 a new bridge was erected alongside it, and in 1991 the covered bridge was closed to automotive traffic, having served 138 years with essentially no reinforcements since the Chenoweth brothers finished it. The bridge was restored in the 1990s.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Barrackville Covered Bridge", [Barrackville, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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