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Edinburg in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Covered Bridge
 
Covered Bridge Marker - Edinburg, NY Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
1. Covered Bridge Marker - Edinburg, NY
 
Inscription.
Built by Arad Copeland
below Beecher Falls in 1879.
Only NYS Queenpost Truss
Bridge. Placed on NYS and
National Register in 1998

 
Erected 1999 by the Town of Edinburg.
 
Location. 43° 13.258′ N, 74° 6.021′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on North Shore Road (County Route 4), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker and covered bridge are located near the 4 corners intersection of Edinburg and the Batchellerville Bridge which crosses the northern arm of the Great Sacandaga Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Northville NY 12134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carriage Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beecher's Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barker's Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Batchellerville (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Country Store (approx. 1.2 miles away); S. Batcheller Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Great Sacandaga Lake (approx. 1.2 miles away); Building the Batchellerville Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edinburg.
 
Regarding Covered Bridge.
 
Copeland Covered Bridge Marker & Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
2. Copeland Covered Bridge Marker & Bridge
 
Edingburg, NY is in northern Saratoga County. The portion of Edinburg formerly known as Beecher Creek Hollow was named for prominent businessman Capt. Ely Beecher who settled in Edinburgh about 1800.

Arad Copeland (1805-1884) built the quaint old bridge in 1879 after a previous open bridge had been destroyed by melting spring snow and ice. He decided to build the present covered bridge to get his cows safely to pasture on the other side of Beecher Creek. The bridge had remained in the Copeland family until the fall of 1997 when great, great grandson Robert Tyrrell and his wife Betty graciously deeded the bridge over to the Edinburg Historical Society. Thereafter the society obtained funding for a rehabilitation of the bridge.

According to Copeland family legend local residents Melzor Manning laid the abutment stones, Jacob Latcher hewed the timbers and Azariah Ellithorpe Jr. framed the bridge. This is the only covered bridge left in Saratoga County, NY and it has always been used for animal and pedestrian traffic. This bridge has a 35-foot span built on a Queenpost truss. A Queenpost Truss is a lengthened version of the King Post truss. The peak of the King Post is replaced by a horizontal top chord which allows for bridges with longer spans.

The Copeland Covered Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 6, 1998.

In
 
Portal View of Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
3. Portal View of Bridge
The sign on the left says, "Arad COPELAND 1879" and on the right, "Maximum Load 10 Adults"
 
the fall of 1999, the historic marker was placed near the Copeland Covered Bridge. (NY-46-01)
The bridge numbers are assigned by the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, the Copeland bridge being "NY-46-01."
 
Also see . . .  The Town of Edinburg page for the Copeland Covered Bridge. (Submitted on July 14, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Sacandaga Batchellerville Bridge
 
Down-Stream View of Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
4. Down-Stream View of Bridge
The bridge has a pair of slightly off-center windows, and sits high on stone abutments to keep clear of the swift spring freshets.
 
 
Bridge Interior Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
5. Bridge Interior
The Queen post truss which supports the bridge is clearly seen in this view. The two diagonally beams which join the "H" frame around the park bench and window make up the Queen post truss, the only one of this type in New York State.
 
 
Winter View Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
6. Winter View
This winter view of the bridge is posted on a roadside parking area display which highlights the bridge's history.
 
 
Beecher Creek Falls Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2008
7. Beecher Creek Falls
This picturesque cascade is only a few steps away, just upstream from the Copeland Covered Bridge.
 
 
Copeland Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2010
8. Copeland Covered Bridge
View of the covered bridge from downstream looking upstream.
 
 
Arad Copeland Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 3, 2013
9. Arad Copeland Covered Bridge
New decking has been added on the far side of the bridge.
 
 
Welcome to Edinburg, Home of the Arad Copeland Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 2, 2009
10. Welcome to Edinburg, Home of the Arad Copeland Covered Bridge
Edinburg proudly proclaims itself the Home of the Arad Copeland Covered Bridge" and the sign features a stylized image of the bridge at the top.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,592 times since then. Last updated on September 1, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 14, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   8. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   9, 10. submitted on July 7, 2013, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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