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Barrackville Covered Bridge 48-25-02

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State historical marker

One can discern from the text that the marker was placed before the bridge was bypassed and retired. A temporary bypass bridge was built 1987 and the permanent bypass bridge was constructed in 1991.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2007

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Facts 

Overview
Burr arch-truss bridge over Buffalo Creek
Location
Barrackville, Marion County, West Virginia
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built in 1853 by Eli & Lemuel Chenoweth; Bypassed 1987
Builders
- Eli Chenoweth
- Lemuel Chenoweth
Design
"The Barrackville Covered Bridge is a single-span modified Burr arch truss wooden covered bridge on a drylaid sandstone abutment. The total length of the truss is 146'-3" with a clear span length of 131'-8". The truss is 11'-8" high center-to-center of the chords and 17'-11" wide center-to-center of the trusses, with a roadway width of 15'-6". Clapboard siding covers the exterior, and standing-seam metal roofing covers the gable roof.

"The bridge is poplar and oak framed in the manner patented by Theodore Burr in 1817. The principal structural components are a pair of hewn timber segmented arches framed into and around a pair of multiple kingpost trusses to create an indeterminate composite timber structure.

"Built as part of Virginia's network of turnpikes linking the Tidewater to the Trans-Allegheny regions, this example of the Burr truss demonstrates the high level of craftsmanship and knowledge of contemporary engineering design that went into many covered bridges."

-- Dennis M. Zembala, Historical American Engineering Record, 1995

Dimensions
Length of largest span: 132.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.8 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1973
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.50598, -80.16793   (decimal degrees)
39°30'22" N, 80°10'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/571535/4373258 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Grant Town
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73001921 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36243 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • December 3, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed stream name as this is over Buffalo Creek and not Finch's Run
  • March 9, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • August 9, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 1, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • February 10, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WV-8 - Barrackville Covered Bridge, Spanning Buffalo Creek on Pike Street , Barrackville, Marion County, WV
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia

Comments 

Barrackville Covered Bridge
Posted March 27, 2012, by Ranea Seremetis (seremetis628 [at] comcast [dot] net)

BRIDGEHUNTER, i"m 44 years old and i grew up in the house beside of the BARRACKVILLE COVERED BRIDGE. It was and is the most beautiful bridge I've ever seen. I have beautiful pictures of it. As kids my sister and I played in it. We even camped underneath it. It was the safest place in the world to us. To me the bridge is like home. A laundrymat used to be beside it. We would go there and get a cream soda and sit on the large stones that are in front of the bridge. We would sit there and watch the cars go by. Barracville, what a wonderful home it was.Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the Barrackville Covered Bridge. Thanks!