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Historic Covered Bridges
Historic Covered Bridges
Madison County, Iowa has nothing on Frederick County. In order to pass across their rivers and waterways, 19th and 20th century artisans built a large number of bridges. Most of these bridges are currently in use today. Frederick County, Maryland's bridges are architecturally magnificent and are charming destination points.
Notable treasures include:
Loy's Station Covered Bridge. This bridge was first constructed around 1848. The Loy's Station Covered bridge is on Old Frederick Road, just south of Rt. 77. Although it has been structurally modified and rebuilt, the bridge's original timbers remain throughout the 90-foot long structure crossing Owens Creek, features a multiple Kingpost design. An adjoining park provides picnic tables and a play area.
Roddy Road Covered Bridge. This historic covered bridge, built in 1856, rests just north of Thurmont off of US Rt. 15, where Roddy Creek Road meets Roddy Road at Owens Creek. The smallest of the county's covered bridges, Roddy Road is a single-span Kingpost design bridge measuring 40 feet long. Relax with a picnic or explore the natural beauty at this bridge and park.
Utica Mills Covered Bridge. This beautiful bridge, circa 1850, is located on Utica Road off of Old Frederick Road. The bridge originally spanned the nearby Monocacy River but was washed away during a severe storm in 1889. Local citizens gathered the remains and reconstructed the 101-foot long Burr Arch design bridge at its present location crossing Fishing Creek.
All three of the above bridges are listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. Loy's Station Covered Bridge, Roddy Road Covered Bridge and Utica Mills Covered Bridge are all within twelve miles of one another. Besides their beauty, the bridges are also structurally interesting, as all three have different truss systems.
These bridges have a weight restriction of 30,000 lbs. Roddy Road covered bridge is posted for 8 foot 6 inch height restriction and Utica Mills is posted for 9 foot 6 inches height restriction. Loy's Station is not posted for height.
Take plenty of pictures, make memories and Frederick County asks that you use caution when viewing these bridges. "These are narrow roadways and motorists may have difficulty seeing you."
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