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Cynthiana Covered Bridge 17-49-05x

Photos 

Historic American Buildings Survey Theodore Webb, Photographer, Mar. 29, 1934 General View (South) (Looking North)

Photo taken by Theodore Webb for the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #281331

Map 

Description 

Built 1807-1808 by John Wallace, contractor, the bridge played an important part in General Morgan's raid on Cynthiana during the Civil War.

-- Historic American Buildings Survey

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over South Fork Licking River on Bridge Street
Location
Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky
Status
Removed
History
Built 1808; Played important role in the raid on Cynthiana during Civil War; Removed 1948
Builder
- John Wallace (Contractor)
Design
Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 220.0 ft.
Total length: 259.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.32363, -84.36635   (decimal degrees)
38°19'25" N, 84°21'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/730226/4245005 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shawhan
Inventory numbers
WGCB 17-49-05x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 60620 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2014: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HABS KY-20-20 - Covered Bridge, Spanning South Fork of Licking River, Cynthiana, Harrison County, KY
  • Google books - Photos & info

Comments 

Cynthiana Covered Bridge 17-49-05x
Posted June 24, 2018, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Cynthiana was not the oldest covered bridge in Kentucky at any point of its existence.

The 1807 bridge was an open span which had deteriorated and was replaced in the 18teens or 1820s. There was at least on additional open bridge at Cynthiana until construction of this bridge in 1837.

The construction of the Cynthiana covered bridge is attributed to Greenup Remington and this is reasonably well documented and considered fact. The plans were, purportedly, drawn by Lewis Wernwag. Wernwag was actively building covered bridges in Kentucky at the time of its construction which lends credence to this though no reliable documentation of a connection of the plans to Wernwag has been discovered.

The bridge was "recognized" as the "Oldest Covered Bridge In Kentucky" on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary, though, at the time, at least two older covered bridges remained standing in the Commonwealth.

An interesting aside: There was a covered bridge at Cynthiana prior to the construction of this bridge. The court records were discovered some years ago by George Slade, a local historian, now deceased. It carried Pleasant Street some three blocks from the site of this bridge. It was built about 1826 and was destroyed in a flood after just a few years of service. There was no bridge at the Pleasant Street site until about 1904 when the iron truss, itself replaced about 1942, was constructed.