The Covered Bridges of Kentucky

September 23, 2019
1 min read

Editor’s Note: The Blacksmith, JAC III, shares some interesting video about covered bridges in Kentucky. These were once a common and normal part of the daily commute of many Americans, but are sadly disappearing today. Enjoy the video, which he made a decade ago.


I don’t think we found them all, but we got to all you could find in a day ride.
There is one toward the end that was restored in 1968 and still has wood peg construction. It is in daily and heavy use. Go figure.
It is interesting to note the different designs of the support structures. Two are wooden versions of what used to be very common steel short span bridges; the Fixed Arch and Queen Post are examples. Others are unique to wooden bridges such as the Kingpost Truss, the Howe Truss, and the Long Truss. Note the joints of the angled truss supports to the vertical beams in some of the close-up pictures.
The wood peg bridge is a very busy design and I can’t figure which it is, but it looks like it may be a Quadrilateral Warren Truss.
Yes, ladies, I know it’s boring.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Support Men Of The West

Previous Story

In the Days to Come

Next Story

The Pirate Turned Patriot

Latest from Art

The Forms and History of the Sword

There seems to be a culminating point not only in all human arts, but in the fashion of particular instruments. And it so happens that the preeminent and typical instruments of war

Old Ways

Editor’s note: Originally posted by Last Redoubt at Paper has a lot of problems. It’s bulky. It catches fire. More to the point, if I want to send something on paper

A Man of Culture

"He was at once a ferocious scoundrel, a clear-headed general, an adventurous politician, a careful administrator, a man of letters and of refined taste. "

Christmas Is Not Pagan

It’s that time of year again when good Christians honor Christ’s birth though all sorts of festivals and rituals with the big lead up to the 25th for many. It’s also that
Go toTop