Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 78
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August 17, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 78

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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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The Bridge at Carrollton Photos by Ferrell Friend Knothole Hitler lurks inside old covered bridge. The picturesque old covered bridge at Carroil- ton is a thoughtful, partial restoration. It was originally built in the 1850's across the Buckhannon River to serve Mount Hebron, Audra, and Carrollton; After 100 years of use, it needed repairs. In 1952, some of the siding was removed to. restore the famous bridge at Philippi for its 100th birthday. ' V Residents near the Carrollton bridge, fearing they were about to lose a historic landmark, mounted a campaign. They wrote letters,, made telephone calls, and visited SDH headquarters in Lewis and Harbour counties, ten years later; in 1962, their efforts were rewarded. At a cost of $50,000, SDH workmen put in new piers and a safe roadbed, but left the sides and roof of the bridge just as it was. The bridge at Carrollton is on Secondary Rt. 36 and at times carries a lot of traffic, according to Tom Wilson, Barbour County road-supervisor. It routinely serves a school bus and a mail route. Volga is nearby. Philippi and Buckhannon are only a few miles away. Covered bridges long have been known as "Lovers' Bridges," and the one at Carrollton shows why. its interior beams are covered with the names and initials of lovers--fitting marks of the past -- and present. · Intricate web of massive timbers have kept bridge strong for over 100 years. August ?'T,1975SStMby Gazette-Mail

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