Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge

Located just off Maryland highway 272, Gilpin's Falls covered bridge spans North East Creek a few miles north of North East, MD and is the state's longest remaining covered bridge.  When MD-272 was constructed in 1936, the bridge was bypassed.  The bridge was originally built in 1860 and refurbished in 1959, 1989 and 2009-2010.  There were also some repairs done in 1971 due to vandals kicking out some of its boards.

Here's the bridge from the south, with MD-272 on the left.  The five wooden posts on the near end prevent cars and trucks from going through.

Looking directly through the bridge, you can see three of the five posts on the far end.

The east side of the bridge was in sunlight.

Each side had a row of eight rectangular openings.  These are on the east side.

Immediately east and downstream from the bridge is this little pond, contained in part by the concrete dam to the right.

For more information, go to Maryland Covered Bridges.  If you want to see the bridge, go to Interstate 95 in Maryland, get off at exit 100, and take MD-272 north.  After about a mile, the bridge will be on your right.

No comments:

Post a Comment