Wolf Run Studio - Covered Bridges

Bill Harrah
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. . . COVERED BRIDGES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)

Humpback Bridge
James River in Alleghany County, Virginia
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It's easy how to see how Humpback Bridge earned its name. By design, the 100-foot long, single-span structure stands four feet higher at its center than at either end. Built in 1857, Humpback Bridge is the oldest of Virginia's eight remaining covered bridges.

Once part of the James River & Kanawha Turnpike (JR&KT), it succeeds three other bridges at the site. The first structure, built in the 1820s, washed away in a flood in 1837. The second fell victim to a flood in 1842. The third collapsed in 1856.

In 1929, traffic was diverted to a new steel truss bridge built nearby. With the exception of a farmer who stored hay in it, nobody used Humpback Bridge after that. In 1954, the Business and Professional Women's Club of Covington and the Covington Chamber of Commerce raised the funds necessary to restore and preserve the covered bridge as part of Alleghany County's history.

You can visit Humpback Bridge from I-64 by taking exit 10 to Route 60 and traveling one-half mile east, or by taking Route 60 west from Covington.

Text © 1999 Terry White, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah

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