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Switzer in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Switzer Covered Bridge

 
 
Switzer Covered Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
1. Switzer Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription. Franklin County's only covered bridge spans North Elkhorn Creek and is 120 ft. long and 11 ft. wide. It was built by George Hockensmith circa 1855. each entrance has a sawtooth edge; the lattice is pinned with trunnels (treenasil). Restored in 1906 by Louis Bower. Closed to traffic in 1954. This bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1974.
 
Erected 1976 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1571.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.138′ N, 84° 45.591′ W. Marker is in Switzer, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on Jones Lane (Route 1262) (County Route 1262 at milepost 3), one mile south of Switzer Road (County Route 1689), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Switzer Road is a short cut from the town of Forks of the Elkhorn on US 60 (just east of Frankfort) and Stamping Ground, KY (US 227). Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Springs (approx. 4.1 miles away); Stamping Ground (approx. 4.2 miles away); Stonetown
Switzer Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
2. Switzer Covered Bridge
(approx. 4.5 miles away); St. Francis Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Buena Vista / Todd House (approx. 5 miles away); Kentucky African American Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Lexington & Ohio R.R. (approx. 5.3 miles away); Kentucky's United States Colored Troops (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
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Switzer Covered Bridge Memorial Marker and Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
3. Switzer Covered Bridge Memorial Marker and Bridge
Switzer Covered Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Cyrus Thomas Wingate, May 13, 2012
4. Switzer Covered Bridge Marker
Reproduction of an oil painting of the Switzer Covered Bridge by the artist JoAnne Koonce. Date of painting is unknown.
Switzer Covered Bridge Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
5. Switzer Covered Bridge Memorial Marker
Switzer Covered Bridge, Dedicated to the Preservation of the Bridge, Established 1989. [includes a list of all donors on the posts]
Switzer Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Light, June 17, 2008
6. Switzer Covered Bridge
Switzer Covered Bridge, A Switzer Covered Bridge Authority Project. Switzer Covered Bridge ist he Official Covered Bridge of Kentucky. Bridge Damaged in the flood of 1997, reconstrucgted in 1998. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Paul E. Patton, Governor. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, James C. Codell III, Secretary. Kentucky Routism Developmetn Cabinet, Anne R. Lata, Secretary. Kentucky Department of Parks, Kenny Rapier, Commissioner. Rdeconstruction Contractor, Intech Contracting,Inc., Lexington, Kentucky. NHTB Architects Engineering Planners, Louisville, Kentucky. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Parks, Technical support provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Heritage Council, and Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
 

 
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