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Near Louisa in Lawrence County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
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East Fork Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges

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East Fork Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 19, 2022
1. East Fork Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges Marker
Only the post remains.
Inscription.  East Fork Covered Bridge Built in 1924 by John and George Riffe, this covered bridge is 42 feet long and has modified king posts. The single-span, wooden structure crosses the East Fork of Little Sandy River near Fallsburg. The bridge has concrete abutments and a corrugated tin roof. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Covered Bridges Covered bridges were first built in the 1790s but did not become widely popular until after 1814. They were covered to protect them from the weather. At one time there were more than 400 covered bridges in Ky. The timbered spans have played a romantic role in our history. Some were destroyed during the Civil War. The remaining ones are a nostalgic link with the past.
 
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society • Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1584.)
 
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 Kentucky Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
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Marker is missing. It was located near 38° 12.97′ N, 82° 44.064′ W. Marker was near Louisa, Kentucky, in Lawrence County. Marker was at the intersection of Kentucky 3 and East Fork Road (Kentucky Route 1496), on the left when traveling north on Kentucky 3. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 12680 KY-3, Louisa KY 41230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Sandy Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 3.7 miles away); Giant Cooling Tower (approx. 6.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Soldier’s Grave (approx. 7½ miles away in West Virginia); Eastern Kentucky Railway (approx. 7.9 miles away); a different marker also named Eastern Kentucky Railway (approx. 8.7 miles away); The First United Methodist Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); Louisa in Civil War (approx. 10 miles away); Vancouver’s Fort (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisa.
 
More about this marker. Inscription obtained from Kentucky Historical Society.
 
Regarding East Fork Covered Bridge / Covered Bridges. The bridge was demolished on July 10, 1980, just four years after it was listed on the National Register. It was delisted in 1982.
 
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 East Fork Covered Bridge: Withdrawn (PDF). National Register file for the bridge's listing and subsequent delisting. (National Archives) (Submitted on December 6, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 6, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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