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Beech Fork Covered Bridge 17-115-01

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by James McCray

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Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Two-span covered bridge over Beech Fork River on KY 458
Location
Washington County, Kentucky
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1865 by Cornelius Barnes; made obsolete by new bridge in 1977; rehabilitated 1982
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Total length: 211.0 ft.
Also called
Mooresville Covered Bridge
Mt. Zion Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.82806, -85.25596   (decimal degrees)
37°49'41" N, 85°15'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/653485/4188170 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Maud
Inventory numbers
WGCB 17-115-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 18952 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 16, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • June 16, 2013: New photo from james back
  • October 26, 2012: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 13, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • July 21, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: The bridge is also known as the Mt. Zion Covered Bridge
  • March 3, 2008: New photos from James McCray
  • April 3, 2006: Posted photo from James McCray

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • james back
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Beech Fork Covered Bridge 17-115-01
Posted March 22, 2015, by Walter Laughlin (laughlin [dot] robert [at] gmail [dot] com)

Correct length is 258'

Beech Fork Covered Bridge 17-115-01
Posted September 2, 2014, by DeeDee Smock (patientheart3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge on 9-1-2014. Loved the history of it, and yes some of the graffiti was not nice, but I found some of it to be neat, sorta of like "The wall of visitors", it was neat to see where and how far some people came from and traveled to see this bridge. Was worth the trip and the roads we took to visit were great for motorcycle riding; came from Perryville, Ky to Willisburg and on to Washington County.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted June 5, 2013, by Mrs. Hall (Vhall0563 [at] gmail [dot] com)

We drove out of our way to see the Historical Bridge. Very disappointed. Graffiti painted all over the bridge. Very sad that that it wasn't taken care of.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted December 25, 2009, by Todd (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

I may sound like a broken record, but historic bridges and punks with spraypaint DON'T go together.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted December 25, 2009, by Shelia Allen (manohova [at] gmail [dot] com)

My husband, friend & I visited this bridge 12-18-09, I thought the bridge was so sad, all the grafitti & need for repair, it's so sad people have no respect for history. My friend & I are on a mission to photography all the covered bridges in our beautiful state of Kentucky we have 7 so far. We only need Mason, Bracken, Greenup & Lewis.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted September 6, 2009, by Ruth Plencner (SundanceRuth [at] comcast [dot] net)

I love Covered Bridges. Why do some people try to ruin them by drawing grafiti in them. I hope someone cleans up the bridge. I have several books on Covered Bridges. They are so cool. I love going down country back roads finding covered bridges. Some day I hope to see this one.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted September 6, 2009, by Ruth Plencner (SundanceRuth [at] comcast [dot] net)

I love Covered Bridges. Why do some people try to ruin them by drawing grafiti in them. I hope someone cleans up the bridge. I have several books on Covered Bridges. They are so cool. I love going down country back roads finding covered bridges. Some day I hope to see this one.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted September 23, 2007, by Todd (Eric239487 [at] aol [dot] com)

This bridge means so much to me. This was where my grandfather first took me fishing. Mostly because he said we would catch something lol. He was always right! They were small but they were something. They have really started cleaning up the area around the bridge now and posted no dumping signs. The grafiti is kinda neat and a lot of history, but other damages like kicking out boards and fires is really a disgrace. I wish they would put the historic sign back up which was knocked down or stolen a few years ago.

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted January 8, 2007, by Brian (catbus420 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have always been obsessed with maps and roads. As a young child (mid-80s) I would make my mother take me on trips I planned from looking at the County Maps book. This bridge was just over the county line, so I went there fairly often. It's in pretty good shape. I also read that the state is going to "refurbish" it, whatever that means. The graffiti is actually kind of cool (I remember it from my childhood) but there have been some bad things done (illegal dumping, kicked-out boards, etc).

Beech Fork Covered Bridge
Posted August 22, 2006, by Jim Corcoran (jimcoriii [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the longest covered bridge still standing in Kentucky. The interior is a riot of spray painted graffiti. Last time I was there it looked like someone built a campfire on the floor. Sad, for this is truly an historic structure.

Many good motorcycle roads in the area.