The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Bunker Hill
Covered Bridge

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Bunker Hill Covered  Bridge

Designated as a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2001, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is the only remaining example in wood of the Improved Lattice Truss patented by General Herman Haupt. It joins thThe Hickory Landmarks Societye Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Dorton Arena in representing North Carolina on this prestigious list.
    One of only two original remaining covered bridges in North Carolina, the other being Mt. Pisgah in Randolph County, the bridge was built in 1895 by Andy L. Ramsour. Catawba County Commissioners in 1894 had called on nearby owners of Bunker Hill Farm to build and maintain a bridge that would cross Lyleís Creek on the old Island Ford Road, a former Native American trail. The landowners hired Ramsour, keeper of the Horseford covered bridge that spanned the Catawba River north of Hickory. He likely found Hauptís design in a popular book on bridge building.
Originally constructed as an open span, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, whose roof is ninety-one feet long, was covered in 1900. In 1921 its wooden shingles were replaced with a tin roof.

Website: Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

Location:
Claremont NC
Distance: 1 hour and 30 minutes from Asheville
Address: Highway 70, Claremont NC 28610
Telephone: 828-465-0383
Hours: Open 24/7 365 days a year
Fees: None
Allow: 1/2 hour
Nearby:
Catawba County Museum of History, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hiddenite Center, Historic Murray's Mill
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 East towards Statesville. Take Exit 135 toward Claremont. Turn right at North Oxford Street and then then left at West Main Street/US Highway 70. Follow Highway 70 two miles east of town.

 

 

 

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