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Kings Covered Bridge 38-56-06


Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2009


BH Photo #139910


Street View 


Although the history of this bridge has not been thoroughly documented, physical evidence suggests that King’s Bridge was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century and largely rebuilt in 1906. Bypassed in the 1930s, King’s Bridge was privately owned and maintained by the King family of Middlecreek Township, who used it as a livestock barn until 2002. The bridge is currently undergoing rehabilitation and will be preserved as an historic landmark and tourist attraction. King’s Bridge is a good example of a multiple kingpost truss and has been retrofitted with unusual auxiliary tied arches. It is one of ten surviving covered bridges in Somerset County, whose dates range from 1845 to 1902.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

See also http://www.woodcenter.org/docs/dayton-conference/Collins_Pet...


Burr arch-truss bridge over Laurel Hill Creek on Bypassed section of PA653
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians
Rebuilt 1906 at site of earlier bridge; extensively rebuilt ca. 2010
Burr arch-truss
Span length: 127.0 ft.
Total length: 127.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1989
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.93800, -79.27122   (decimal degrees)
39°56'17" N, 79°16'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/647705/4422306 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 38-56-06 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 80003632 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 42541 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: added link to restoration report
  • July 9, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • March 7, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info, street view, exact date built and imported photos
  • October 23, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Listed Owner: Township
  • May 9, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • May 8, 2009: Added by Brian McKee