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The total number of covered bridges built in West Virginia is unknown.  There were still more than 54 remaining in the 1950's.  By 1979 only 19 remained.   Today, there are 17.   Some, such as the Staats MillBarrackville and the newly renovated Milton/Mud River are in excellent condition, while others are in need of repairs and some even total restoration.  All 17 remaining covered bridges in West Virginia were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, following research done by Dr. Emory Kemp of Morgantown.

Public awareness concerning the fate of covered bridges increased in 1989, when the popular, Philippi bridge was nearly destroyed by fire.  The bridge was totally reconstructed in 1991, giving it back its original look.  Due to Dr. Kemp's hard work to promote the idea of bridge protection and restoration, and due to his recently established "Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology" in Morgantown, the future of the 17 remaining bridges is in good hands.

Special Thanks to Mr. John Brunell, Linda Weekley and Steve Shaluta for the pictures of the newly renovated bridges.   I really appreciate them.   Ryan Post


Last Edited
January 21, 2006