County Connections: Fleming County covered bridges offer links to the past

05/24/2017 02:57 PM

FLEMINGSBURG – Of the 13 wooden covered bridges still standing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, three are located in Fleming County.

Covered bridges were first built in the 1790’s but did not become widely popular until after 1814. The bridges were covered to protect them from the weather. At one time Kentucky had over 400 wooden bridges as the timbered spans played a romantic role in the state’s history.

Lori Ulrich, member of the Wooden Covered Bridge Authority, and a native of Fleming County says that county residents are proud of the remaining standing bridges.

“We’re very proud of our bridges and our heritage, it makes us very distinct and unique from other counties in our region and also in the commonwealth,” Ulrich said.

Last year, the bridges in Fleming County were actually part of a resolution, HJR 164, along with the other covered bridges in the state, which would be included in a proposed Covered Bridge Trail which could potentially attract more tourists to visit the remaining bridges in the state and bring tourist dollars to the areas where the bridges are still standing.

Ulrich confirms that work is ongoing on the project and it’s her belief that one day the “trail” will become a reality.


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