Near Claremont in Catawba County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Herman Haupt, 1817-1905
After graduating from West Point, Herman Haupt went to work for the railroad industry. Haupt rapidly rose in the profession. During the Civil War, Haupt served as Chief of Construction and Transportation for the US Military Railroad System. After the war, he served as General Manager/Chief Engineer of the Shenandoah Valley, the Richmond and Danville, and the Northern Pacific Railroads, and as President of the Dakota and Great Southern Railroad.
The Bunker Hill covered bridge is the only remaining example in the world of the Haupt
In 1851, Haupt published General Theory of Bridge Construction, detailing his patent (Dec. 27, 1839, Improving on the Lattice Truss). Haupt wanted to discover formulae for determining weight distribution and capacities of bridges. His book detailing his discoveries of a decade earlier became a standard civil engineering text at the main engineering schools of the era.
Location. 35° 43.289′ N, 81° 6.925′ W. Marker is near Claremont, North Carolina, in Catawba County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 70 0.2 miles east of Bridgewood Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker and bridge are not accessible by vehicle. They are reached by a short (less than 1/4 mile) hike from the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Claremont NC 28610, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (here, next to this marker); Covered Bridges (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clio's Nursery (approx. 15.1 miles away); William Sharpe (approx. 16 miles away).
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
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