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Mud River Covered Bridge

Mud River Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge that formerly spanned the Mud River at Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia. It was built about 1875 and is a single-span, modified Howe truss structure. It measures approximately 112 feet in length and 14 feet in width. It was built in 1876 by R.H. Baker and served vehicular traffic on Cabell County 25 until deterioration limited its use to pedestrians only in 1985. A new bridge was constructed upstream in 1991 and the covered bridge was closed even to pedestrians in March 1996. The bridge had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

In December of 1996, the historic structure was secured until plans for its restoration could be completed. Only a short time before the 1997 flooding that could have destroyed the bridge, the contractor stabilized and moved it (without a roof, floorboards, or siding boards) to a less flood-prone site about a mile southeast of its original location.

Here, on the old approaches of another former covered bridge, the bridge was expected to be rebuilt in 1998, using the abutments from the crossing’s original covered bridge. But in February 2001, the 125-year-old structure was once again to be moved. This time its location would provide greater opportunity for pedestrians to experience its unique link to the transportation of the past. The bridge’s new home is over a pond at the site of the Pumpkin Festival and Cabell County Fair near Blenko Glass and a popular ball field in Milton.

The bridge can be found at coordinates 38°26'37" N, 82°11'24" W. It is open to the public.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Mud River Covered Bridge

Mud River Covered Bridge is known as the most “well-traveled” of West Virginia’s covered bridges.

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