The earliest documented covered bridge in the U.S. was built in 1805 in Philadelphia. These structures quickly became popular as a way to prolong the lifespan of a bridge, and at one point, there were as many as 12,000 in the country.
By the 1950s, when the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges was formed, that number had dropped to under 1,500.
We asked a panel of covered bridge experts, as well as our network of Local Experts, to nominate 20 exemplary historic bridges for the category of Best Covered Bridge. For the past four weeks you – our readers – have been voting daily for your favorites.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Covered Bridge are as follows:
- Elizabethton Covered Bridge - Elizabethton, Tenn.
- Goddard Covered Bridge - Flemingsburg, Ky.
- Humpback Bridge - Alleghany County, Va.
- Horton Mill Bridge - Oneonta, Ala.
- Stark Bridge - Stark, N.H.
- Hyde Hall Covered Bridge - Cooperstown, N.Y.
- West Union Covered Bridge - West Union, Ind.
- Goodpasture Covered Bridge - Vida, Ore.
- Roseman Covered Bridge - Winterset, Iowa
- Sachs Covered Bridge - Gettysburg, Penn.
Other bridges nominated in this category included Arlington Green Covered Bridge, Campbell’s Covered Bridge, Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge, Dreibelbis Bridge, Flume Bridge, Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, Pengra Covered Bridge, Sunday River Bridge, Wawona Covered Bridge and West Cornwall Covered Bridge.
Next time you're on a great American road trip, make sure to check out one of these beautiful covered bridges near you.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo