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 ====== Covered Bridges in Boone County ====== ====== Covered Bridges in Boone County ======
  
-Our county is rich in creeks and waterways, which is essential to developing a successful agricultural community. Early citizens encountered daily crossings which could range from softly flowing streams to roaring, treacherous flood waters, often interrupting necessary travel around the area.  In answer to this problem, bridges were constructed and rebuilt frequently. They varied in both size and design, but all served a practical purpose. Covered bridges, now extinct in [[boone_county|Boone County]]. ​ , were once an everyday sight here.   These charming structures conjure images of simpler times, when travelers could seek shelter from the elements in dry safety. ​ Certainly shelter during a storm was an advantage; the addition of cover to the bridges was a purely functional design choice. The walls and roof of a covered bridge were put in place to protect the wooden trusses from weather-related deterioration,​ giving them both strength and longevity. ​+Our county is rich in creeks and waterways, which is essential to developing a successful agricultural community. Early citizens encountered daily crossings which could range from softly flowing streams to roaring, treacherous ​[[floods|flood]] waters, often interrupting necessary travel around the area.  In answer to this problem, bridges were constructed and rebuilt frequently. They varied in both size and design, but all served a practical purpose. Covered bridges, now extinct in [[boone_county|Boone County]]. ​ , were once an everyday sight here.   These charming structures conjure images of simpler times, when travelers could seek shelter from the elements in dry safety. ​ Certainly shelter during a storm was an advantage; the addition of cover to the bridges was a purely functional design choice. The walls and roof of a covered bridge were put in place to protect the wooden trusses from weather-related deterioration,​ giving them both strength and longevity. ​
    
  ​Kentuckians began building covered bridges in the late 1700’s. By all accounts, there were approximately 400 of these structures by 1900.  In 1871 the longest wooden covered bridge in the world was constructed in Northern Kentucky, spanning the Licking River in Pendleton County. ​ The Butler Station Covered Bridge, an impressive 465 feet in length, suffered severe damage during the 1937 flood and had to be demolished. Sadly, by this time, most of Kentucky’s covered bridges were already gone, having become casualties of the [[civil_war|Civil War]]. ​ They either were burned or otherwise destroyed for strategic reasons by both Union and Confederate forces. ​ Today, approximately 13 of these iconic structures remain.  ​Kentuckians began building covered bridges in the late 1700’s. By all accounts, there were approximately 400 of these structures by 1900.  In 1871 the longest wooden covered bridge in the world was constructed in Northern Kentucky, spanning the Licking River in Pendleton County. ​ The Butler Station Covered Bridge, an impressive 465 feet in length, suffered severe damage during the 1937 flood and had to be demolished. Sadly, by this time, most of Kentucky’s covered bridges were already gone, having become casualties of the [[civil_war|Civil War]]. ​ They either were burned or otherwise destroyed for strategic reasons by both Union and Confederate forces. ​ Today, approximately 13 of these iconic structures remain.
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