Wolf Run Studio - Covered Bridges

Bill Harrah
Wolf Run Studio
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. . . COVERED BRIDGES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Meem's Bottom Bridge
North Fork, Shenandoah River, Shenandoah County, Virginia

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Built in 1894, this well-known covered bridge carried traffic for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween 1976. After the original timbers were salvaged, the bridge was reconstructed and eventually undergirded with steel beams and concrete piers.

That wasn't the first time a bridge crossing the river at this spot was burned. In 1862, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson torched a bridge here to stall Union General John C. Fremont before the battles of Harrisonburg, Cross Key and Port Republic. A flood washed away another bridge in 1870.

The 204-foot single-span Burr arch truss was named after the Meem family that owned the Strathmore estate west of the Shenandoah River. The bridge was constructed from materials cut and quarried nearby for the massive arch supports and stone abutments, which extended 10 feet below the river bed.

You can reach the bridge easily from I-81 at exit 269 between New Market and Mount Jackson, following Route 730 from the interchange four-tenths of a mile to Route 11, then north on Route 11 nine-tenths of a mile to Route 720 and west a short distance to the river. The bridge also can be reached on Route 11 four miles north of New Market and two miles south of Mount Jackson.

Text © 1999 Terry White, Drawing © 1999 Bill Harrah

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