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Ellicott City Covered Bridge


Photo courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library, State Resource Center Baltimore, MD

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Third bridge at this location. Was constructed of white pine.

"June 7, 1914, the 200 foot long burr arch-truss covered bridge over the Patapsco River burned. The bridge was a replacement for the one lost in the 1868 flood and had spanned the river since 1870. It would be replaced by a concrete bridge which survived until the summer of 1972 when Tropical Storm Agnes came through. An article from The Howard County Times on June 8, 1914 read as follows: “Fire yesterday afternoon destroyed the old wooden covered bridge between Baltimore and Howard counties, leading from Grays to Ellicott City, causing an estimated loss of $20,000. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have started from gasoline which leaked from the tank of a passing automobile. Shortly before the flames were discovered by several persons in the vicinity of the burned structure an automobile was seen to pass through the bridge, followed closely by several young men in another machine, smoking cigarettes. It is thought that the tank of the first car dropped gasoline and the fire from a thrown cigarette ignited it. With a loud noise, as though an explosion had occurred, the bridge burst into flames. All efforts to save the bridge were unsuccessful and the Baltimore section fell into the river. Nothing remains of the other half but the charred timber and abutments on the Howard County side. The burning of the bridge will cause much inconvenience to the residents of Ellicott City and the farmers of Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties, who use the Frederick road to reach the city markets with their products. Until it is replaced they will have to drive many miles out of their course, either to Ilchester or Hollofields, to cross the river and reach the city.”


Lost Through truss bridge over Patapsco River on Main Street
Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, and Baltimore County, Maryland
Destroyed by fire
Built 1868; Burned 1914
Burr arch-truss
Total length: 200.0 ft.
Also called
Ellicot's Mills Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26780, -76.79305   (decimal degrees)
39°16'04" N, 76°47'35" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/345318/4348027 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ellicott City
Inventory numbers
WGCB 20-03-09#2x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
WGCB 20-13-06#2x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 61075 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2020: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added history details
  • May 26, 2014: Added by Luke Harden