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Greenup in Cumberland County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cumberland County Covered Bridge

 
 
Cumberland County Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 6, 2020
1. Cumberland County Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Historic Bridge Re-Created

177 years after the original Jackson Covered Bridge was constructed on this site a new bridge now spans the Embarass River. This structure re-creates as an original covered timber bridge that once stood on this same site as part of the historic Cumberland "National" Road.

Designed to safely carry modern-day vehicles, including tractor trailer semi trucks, the new 200 foot single span structure is reported to be the longest covered timber bridge in the U.S. with out a posted restriction.

To give an idea of the size and scope of the $2.8 million project, this bridge contains:

The two abutment foundations totaled over 1,000 Cubic yards (over 2,000 tons in weight) of concrete. Enough to construct the foundations for approximately forty normal 2,000 square foot homes.

The heavy timbers for the primary and secondary structural members totaled over 250,000 board feet (194 tons in weight of treated and glue laminated lumber, enough to construct approximately thirty normal 2000 square foot single story homes.

There was approximately 40 tons of
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steel bolts and plates used to connect the timber structure together.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges, and the The Historic National Road series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 2000.
 
Location. 39° 14.314′ N, 88° 11.268′ W. Marker is in Greenup, Illinois, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Cumberland Road north of U.S. 40, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on a platform near the west end of the Cumberland County Covered Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1417 Cumberland Rd, Greenup IL 62428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Construction of the Cumberland County Covered Bridge (here, next to this marker); Old to New: Bridges over the Embarras River (a few steps from this marker); "The Road that Built the Nation" (a few steps from this marker); Greenup (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of Barbour Inn (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away); Greenup Township Carnegie Library (approx. 1.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Well (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenup.
 
Cumberland County Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 6, 2020
2. Cumberland County Covered Bridge Marker
Bridge is on left; marker is on an elevated platform on the right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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