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Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Knight's Ferry Bridge

National Historic Landmark

 
 
Knight's Ferry Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
1. Knight's Ferry Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Knight's Ferry Bridge
has been designated a
National Historic
Landmark


This property possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America

Knight’s Ferry Bridge is an exceptionally fine
display of 19th-century covered bridge
construction and an outstanding example of
a timber Howe Truss, one of the most significant
American timber truss types.
2012
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 2012 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 37° 49.215′ N, 120° 39.851′ W. Marker is in Knights Ferry, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Covered Bridge Road east of Sonora Road (Main Street)
Knight's Ferry Bridge Marker • <i>wide view<br>(north portal of bridge in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
2. Knight's Ferry Bridge Marker • wide view
(north portal of bridge in background
)
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, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in the Knights Ferry-Stanislaus River Park, at the north portal of the Knight's Ferry Covered Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Oakdale CA 95361, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Tulloch’s Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (approx. ¼ mile away); Knights Ferry No. 2 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knights Ferry - The Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buena Vista (approx. 0.4 miles away); Miller's Saloon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knight's Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knights Ferry.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Knights Ferry Bridge. In early 1857 the first bridge spanning the Stanislaus River in Knights Ferry became functional. Spring flooding destroyed the original Knights Ferry Bridge in 1862. The present day covered bridge, built in 1863, spans 330 feet and is the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi. As successful as the building of the new bridge was, however, Knights Ferry’s prosperity that was seen during the gold rush began to fade, as commercial roots began to move closer to Oakdale and Modesto. (Submitted on March 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Howe Truss
Knight's Ferry Bridge (<i>northeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
3. Knight's Ferry Bridge (northeast corner view)
. The Howe Truss was designed by William Howe in 1840. It used mostly wood in construction and was suitable for longer spans than the Pratt truss. Therefore, it became very popular and was considered one of the best designs for railroad bridges back in the day. Many Howe truss bridges exist in the North West United States, where wood is plentiful. (Submitted on March 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Knight's Ferry Bridge Interior image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
4. Knight's Ferry Bridge Interior
Knight's Ferry Bridge South Approach image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
5. Knight's Ferry Bridge South Approach
Knight's Ferry Bridge (<i>west side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2014
6. Knight's Ferry Bridge (west side view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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