Near Claremont in Catawba County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge
Bunker Hill Bridge was part of Island Ford Road (a former Indian Trail), which had remained important throughout the state's western development. During the colonial period, the road served as a route to transport British prisoners of war after the 1781 Battle of Cowpens. "The Morgan army, with hundreds of prisoners and captured horses and wagons, stretched more than two miles as it approached the Island Ford." By the middle of the 20th century, the road became a major thoroughfare, as US Hwy 64/70.
The name Bunker Hill comes from the local Bunker Hill Farm operated by the descendents of the Staford and Lawrence families since the early 1800s. The bridge is also near the site of an early post office of the same name.
The bridge is made of oak with trunnels (wooden pins) instead of nails. The roof
At least 10 covered bridges existed in Catawba County during the 19th century. Many were destroyed in the floods of 1916 and 1940; others were phased out of use by the state legislature's Good Rods Movement of the 1920s. Today there are only two covered bridges in North Carolina (Catawba and Randolph Counties).
Location. 35° 43.289′ N, 81° 6.926′ W. Marker is near Claremont, North Carolina, in Catawba County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 70 0.2 miles east of Bridgewood Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker and bridge are not accessible by vehicle. They are reached by a short (less than 1/4 mile) hike from the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Claremont NC 28610, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Herman Haupt (here, next to this marker); Covered Bridges (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bunker Hill Covered Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clio's Nursery (approx. 15.1 miles away); William Sharpe (approx. 16 miles away).
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