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

Knights Ferry Covered Bridge

 
 
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
1. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription. Built in 1864, to replace the original bridge washed away by the flood of 1862. Fastened together with locust pins. A toll bridge until purchased by Stanislaus County in 1885.
Dedicated May 30, 1948
Rededicated May 2, 1988

 
Erected 1988 by Oakdale Parlor No.125, Native Daughters of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 49.229′ N, 120° 39.866′ W. Marker is in Knights Ferry, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from Knights Ferry Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the north end of the covered bridge. This section of Knights Ferry Road and the bridge are open to foot traffic only. Marker is in this post office area: Oakdale CA 95361, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tulloch’s Mill ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Knights Ferry No. 2 ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Knights Ferry - The Store ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Miller's Saloon
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
2. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge Marker
( approx. 0.4 miles away); Buena Vista ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Knight's Ferry ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Knights Ferry Hook & Ladder ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knights Ferry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Malakoff: Knights Ferry. (Submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Ghost Town Info: Knights Ferry. (Submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Knights Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
3. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Looking East
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
4. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Looking North
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
5. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Looking North
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Mia Kostouros, circa August 11
6. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 23, 2007
7. Covered Bridge
The original wooden bridge, constructed upstream from here in 1857, was destroyed by a flood in 1862. This covered bridge, built in 1863 was a privately operated toll bridge, until purchased by the county in 1884. It was closed to vehicles in 1981. The bridge has elevated interior footwalks with only a wagon's width of space between. The boards of the roadbed were protected with sand, later paved over with asphalt. Three piers of local stone, sharpened on the upstream side support the planking. Bridges were covered for permanence. Wood can survive a long time immersed in water, but alternate wetting and drying cracks and weakens it. To help strenghten the bridge, overhead cross-bracing was locked with inch-square locustwood pins, which are still in place.
Vintage Postcard - Knight's Ferry image. Click for full size.
Mike Roberts, Berkeley, Ca. Distributed by Bob Ball, Visalia,Ca, October 2, 2008
8. Vintage Postcard - Knight's Ferry
One of the few covered bridges left in California
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,582 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on June 21, 2014, by Mia Kostouros of Los Banos, California.   7, 8. submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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