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Locust Creek Covered Bridge
Locust Creek Covered Bridge.jpg
View of the bridge's upstream side.
Coordinates 38°4′46″N 80°15′1″W / 38.07944°N 80.25028°W / 38.07944; -80.25028Coordinates: 38°4′46″N 80°15′1″W / 38.07944°N 80.25028°W / 38.07944; -80.25028
Carries pedestrians
Crosses Locust Creek
Locale near Hillsboro, West Virginia
Maintained by West Virginia Division of Highways
Characteristics
Total length 114 ft (35 m)
Width 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
History
Construction begin 1870
Construction end 1870
Locust Creek Covered Bridge
MPS West Virginia Covered Bridges TR
NRHP reference No. 81000607
Added to NRHP June 4, 1981

The Locust Creek Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) outside Hillsboro. The bridge is now for pedestrian traffic only.

History

R. N. Bruce was contracted in 1870 to build the wooden covered bridge for US$1,250. The Warren Double Intersection truss covered bridge was completed later that year. The span over Locust Creek was 13.5 feet (4.1 m) wide and 114 feet (35 m) long.

In 1888, the original bridge was replaced. In 1904 it was rebuilt again by W. M. Irvine. Interior supports, trusses, side paneling and roof were replaced during the reconstruction. In 1968, the bridge was painted and new oak floor was installed. Temporary supports used during the floor replacement were left in place.

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981

In 1990, the state of West Virginia bypassed the covered bridge with a modern concrete span.

In 2002, the covered bridge was renovated into a pedestrian crossing and the temporary supports were removed.

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