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 Locally, there existed at least three covered bridges: two spanning [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] on [[roads|Idlewild Road]], and one crossing [[waterways|Taylor Creek]] on [[roads|KY- 20]].  The [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] bridges, each measuring about 40 feet in length, were built in 1851 by Henry Mallory, a respected Boone County resident and carpenter. ​ The [[boone_county_recorder|Boone County Recorder]] reported on March 3, 1907 that one of these bridges was “out of commission” ravaged by flood waters. The writer points out that the covered bridges had even outlasted their builder, needing little to no costly repairs during their existence. ​ A later article puts the demise of the [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] bridges at 1917.  Both of these historic gems fell victim to the elements, ultimately being replaced by dependable, though charmless, concrete structures. ​ The bridge over [[waterways|Taylor Creek]], circa 1859, was at once painted red, surely a lovely sight for travelers. ​ This bridge eventually disappeared as well, presumably due to flood damage and/or deterioration. Although the new bridges aren’t quite as attractive, our practical early residents would applaud the ease of travel they give Boone County’s modern folks. Locally, there existed at least three covered bridges: two spanning [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] on [[roads|Idlewild Road]], and one crossing [[waterways|Taylor Creek]] on [[roads|KY- 20]].  The [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] bridges, each measuring about 40 feet in length, were built in 1851 by Henry Mallory, a respected Boone County resident and carpenter. ​ The [[boone_county_recorder|Boone County Recorder]] reported on March 3, 1907 that one of these bridges was “out of commission” ravaged by flood waters. The writer points out that the covered bridges had even outlasted their builder, needing little to no costly repairs during their existence. ​ A later article puts the demise of the [[waterways|Woolper Creek]] bridges at 1917.  Both of these historic gems fell victim to the elements, ultimately being replaced by dependable, though charmless, concrete structures. ​ The bridge over [[waterways|Taylor Creek]], circa 1859, was at once painted red, surely a lovely sight for travelers. ​ This bridge eventually disappeared as well, presumably due to flood damage and/or deterioration. Although the new bridges aren’t quite as attractive, our practical early residents would applaud the ease of travel they give Boone County’s modern folks.
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-{{  http://​bcplfusion.bcpl.org/​Repository/​Burlington_Bridge.jpg?​300|Burlington Covered Bridge}} ​ 
  
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