Covered bridges have been an integral part in
America�s history and growth. There are almost 200 of
them still being used and maintained for their
historical value. Since it first appeared in the early
The Top 5 Famous Covered Bridges In America

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9th century, these bridges have helped define the
towns that built them by connecting village folks to
services and infrastructures and directly connecting
communities together.

Built for practical and functional reasons, covered
bridges have become important pieces of history and
are registered as such in the National Register of
Historic Places. These days, modern bridges have been
built using concrete and steel but old covered bridges
still are considered to be more artistic and charming.
The following are the most popular among old covered
bridges that has maintained its rustic and historic
charm.

The Top 5 Famous Covered Bridges In America

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. The Bridge of Sighs

Built by Henry Hutchinson, this famous bridge belongs
to Cambridge University and can be found in St John�s
College. It was built in 1831 and connects the
college�s Third Court with the New Court and crosses
over the River Cam. This gained popularity because of
the pranks played by some students by dangling a car
under the bridge. It was also named after the Bridge
of Sighs in Venice, Italy but the two bridges have
very little in common when it comes to their
architecture.

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. Bitzer�s Mill Covered Bridge

One of the oldest bridge still in use and enjoyed by
the townspeople. It is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
This bridge is owned by the county and is maintained
using public money because of its historic value. It
was built by George Fink and Sam Reamsnyder in 1846
and it only cost $1,115 dollars to put up the bridge.
It has been called many names like Martin�s Mill
Bridge, Eberly�s Cider Mill Covered Bridge, and
Fiand�s/Fiantz�s Covered Bridge but its official
designation is Big Conestoga number 2 Bridge.

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. Bucher�s Mill Covered Bridge

Considered as the second shortest covered bridge in
America at 54 feet from one side to the other, this
historic piece is very popular among tourists. Just
like most covered bridge in the registry of historic
places, it is owned and maintained using public funds.
It was built in 1891 by Elias McMellen using only a
single span of wooden truss. The building of the
bridge only cost him $1,167. But when it was destroyed
due to heavy flooding a year after it was built,
McMellen rebuilt it for $1,025 -$142 cheaper than the
original cost.

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. Hunsecker�s Mill Covered Bridge

Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United
States. It is the longest single span covered bridge
in the county at 180 feet long. It spans the Conestoga
River and has been destroyed and rebuilt for number of
times. The most recent being in 1972 when it was
destroyed by Hurricane Agnes. It was built in 1843 by
John Russell and it cost him around $1,988. When it
was last rebuilt, the cost came to about $321,302.
Though one of the most popular bridges in America, it
is sadly not registered as a historic place because
aside from the design, none of its original materials
were used on its reconstruction.

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. Schenk�s Mill Covered Bridge

Found in Pennsylvania, this covered bridge crosses the
Big Chiques Creek in Lancaster County. Built on a
single span Burr arch truss, this historic landmark is
painted red and is mainly made of oak. Red is the
traditional color of Lancaster County and most bridges
follow a red motif. It was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 1980. It was built by
friends Charles Malhorn and Levi Fink in 1855, and has
since been and important landmark in the county,
remembered by tourists for its unforgettable color and
span.