Covered Bridges were first built in the 1790's but did not become widely popular until after 1814. They were covered to protect them from the weather. At one time there were more than 400 covered bridges in Kentucky. The timbered spans have played a romantic role in our history. Some were destroyed during the Civil War. The remaining ones are a nostalgic link with the past.
By July 1, 2009 I was able to finish my goal of visiting all of Kentucky's Covered Bridges. The 13 are displayed here in this set. I have other photographs of the bridges within my photostream but selected these for the set.
Observations: Some of the bridges have historical markers and appear well maintained. It does show the degree of well built construction done by the pioneers of yesteryear that some of the bridges still have original wood to the structure. I was disappointed in a few of the bridges that do not seem to have any care or maintenance at all. The Cabin Creek Bridge is in bad shape and appears to me not maintained at all and looks like it is about to fall into the creek. The Oldtown Bridge has been let go in regard to the graffiti that has been allowed to be used on it and the historical marker. Not all of the bridges even have historical markers, which brings me to my biggest disappointment. The longest bridge in Kentucky the "Beech Fork Covered Bridge" does not have a historical marker and looks in bad shape as far as the graffiti and some apparent vandalism and destruction to the bridge. Very, very sad to see it as it was.
I enjoyed all of the Covered Bridges and a few stand out and they are also the ones that are still serving a purpose, to get across a stream or creek. My favorites are the Colville Bridge in Bourbon county, the Goddard Bridge in Fleming county and Bennett's Mill in Greenup county. All of these are still active bridges. The Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge is in excellent shape and well maintained and marked with historical markers. I believe it has anti-graffiti material sprayed on it according to what I had read but it is not painted and maintains its rustic look with the weathering of the wood, a definite favorite.