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Old 02-22-2009, 03:51 PM   #162
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Center Point Covered Bridge - Doddridge Co

Located on Rt 23 about 10 miles northwest of Salem. The citizens of Center Point restored the bridge in the early 1980s, then did a complete restoration in 2004.

Excerpt from the Nomination Form for the National Register for Historic Places:

The Center Point Covered Bridge is significant because
it is one of only

17 Covered bridges remaining in West Virginia. It is the remnant of a unique
and once flourishing engineering form - the American timbered covered bridge.
Such bridges once carried a huge volume of the traffic in rural areas and small
towns of America. It was the timber truss node of covered bridges (such a s
Center Point's Long system or' 4"x" panels) that gave rise to the a l l metal truss
bridge that is also recognized as an American contribution to world engineering.
The Center Point Covered Bridge is significant to Doddridge County, in particular,
as the only remaining covered bridge in the county.
On July 13, 1888, the Doddridge County Court ordered that G.W. Ice be
appointed a commissioner to supply specifications for a bridge to span the
Middle Fork of McElroy Creek i n the XcClellan District . Ice was also ordered to
advertise and let out the contract for building the bridge and to superintend
the construction (1). The records indicate that T.W. Ancell and E. Underwood
built abutments and John Ash and S.H. Smith built superstructures for at least

two bridges in the McClellan District .

To see the complete document:

Historical Marker located on Rt 23 about 10 miles northwest of Rt 50.

View looking southeast on Rt 23. (No, that's not the bridge )

That's the bridge! Located about 100 meters north of the junction of Rt 23 and CR 10.

Here's a better view of the covered bridge.

Inside the bridge.

Rt 23 is a great ride! However, take it easy, since there are 20'-30' dropoffs just a few feet off the narrow road. Overcook one of the 15 MPH hairpins, and you'll be airborne before landing in a farmer's field. Oh, yeah, and watch out for 6-Inch rocks in the road from the adjoining hillside cuts. I'd like to take Rt 23 up to Middlebourne sometime. (Maybe my next sign-hunting trip).

Update: April 2011 - Marker has been refurbished. (See below)

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