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Philippi in Barbour County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Covered Bridge

 
 
The Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. The Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription. The Philippi Covered Bridge across Tygart Valley River was built in 1852 by Lemuel Chenoweth of Beverly. Made of wood, with the exception of the iron bolts used to hold the segments together, it is an example of the best in covered bridge architecture and design. It was used by armies of the North and South in the Civil War. In 1934 the bridge was strengthened to permit modern traffic and is today a part of U.S. 250.
 
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
 
Location. 39° 9.181′ N, 80° 2.557′ W. Marker is in Philippi, West Virginia, in Barbour County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 250), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the abutment of the bridge, next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Philippi WV 26416, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philippi (a few steps from this marker); Barbour County Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Philippi Covered Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Philippi (about 400 feet away); a
The Covered Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
2. The Covered Bridge and Marker
different marker also named Philippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barbour County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Philippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barbour County Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philippi.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is about another West Virginia covered bridge built by Lemuel Chenoweth. This one is further north just off US 250 in Barrackville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Philippi Covered Bridge. From the town's web site. (Submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. West Virginia Department of Transportation Entry. “According to legend, Lemuel Chenoweth had convinced members of the Virginia Legislature to award him the contract to build the Tygart Valley River span by placing a wooden model of his masterpiece between two chairs and standing on it.” (Submitted on June 23, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Entrance to the Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. Entrance to the Covered Bridge
Windshield View Inside the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
4. Windshield View Inside the Bridge
The Philippi Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
5. The Philippi Bridge
The Covered Bridge and the 1911 Former B&O Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 22, 2014
6. The Covered Bridge and the 1911 Former B&O Railroad Station
Model of the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
7. Model of the Bridge
This model in the nearby museum shows the inner structure of the bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 879 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on June 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on June 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   7. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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