Covered Bridges

Covered Bridges (HM1C6L)

Location: Claremont, NC 28610 Catawba County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 43.288', W 81° 6.926'

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Why Covered Bridges:
They protect exposed wooden superstructures from rot resulting from exposure to the elements (rain, sleet, snow, and blazing sun).
An uncovered wooden bridge's life span would be 15-20 years; but with a roof and sides, one would last as long as a hundred years.

Wooden bridges prevented heavy snows from covering and/or blocking passage.
Barn-like appearance soothed animal fears of bridge crossing (prevented horses from bolting).
Covered bridges protected travelers from the sun.

Often were built by farmers in the form of a bard-raising; hence, they had a barn-like outward appearance, but utilized several different truss systems. TRUSS: triangular system of timbers designed so that each timber helps support the others; together, they distribute the weight and stress over the span of the structure.

In 1805, the first American covered bridge was built in Philadelphia, PA, across the Schuylkill River, with 3 spans and 550' long. The first covered bridge in NC was built across the Yadkin River near Salisbury, in 1818, by a local plantation owner who used Ithiel Town's lattice truss. During the 19th century, there were 1000s of covered bridges throughout the United States and 100s in North Carolina.
HM NumberHM1C6L
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 11:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 489559 N 3953061
Decimal Degrees35.72146667, -81.11543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 43.288', W 81° 6.926'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 43' 17.28" N, 81° 6' 55.56" W
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Area Code(s)828
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4266 E Us Highway 70, Claremont NC 28610, US
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