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Switzer Covered Bridge 17-37-01 #2



The Switzer Covered Bridge is a survivor! The bridge was knocked off its foundations in 1997 in a flood, but was restored in 1998. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo taken by James McCray


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Howe through truss bridge over North Elkhorn Creek on KY 1262
Franklin County, Kentucky
Open to pedestrians
Built 1855. Rehabilitated in 1906 and again 1990. Bridge placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Bridge was washed off its supports on March 1, 1997, but restored in 1998.
- George Hockensmith.
- Restored in 1906 by Louis Bower.
Howe through truss
14 panel truss
Span length: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 1974
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.25389, -84.75222   (decimal degrees)
38°15'14" N, 84°45'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/696678/4236374 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 74000875 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 36346 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 8, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • March 7, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added Rick's photos and width
  • February 6, 2022: New photos from James Back
  • September 24, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • November 2, 2011: New photos from J.P.
  • April 28, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 16, 2008: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • July 13, 2008: Updated by James McCray
  • March 3, 2008: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • James Back
  • Paul Plassman
  • Switzer Covered Bridge Historical Marker


Switzer Covered Bridge 17-37-01 #2
Posted February 8, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Shortly after restoration.

Switzer Covered Bridge
Posted November 3, 2011, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sadly that's pretty much par for the course these days. Last year I found a partially full spray can in the Oldtown covered bridge in Greenup County. When I was at the Switzer bridge a few years ago just after the rebuild it was terrible.

Switzer Covered Bridge
Posted November 2, 2011, by J.P.

This bridge has been hit by local teens hard. Graffiti all over the inside of the bridge.

Switzer Covered Bridge
Posted October 18, 2009, by Anonymous

Open to pedestrians and the occasional motorbike rider.