Bennett's Mill Bridge, Spanning Tygart's Creek, East Tygart's Creek Road , Lynn, Greenup County, KY
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East Tygart's Creek Road, Lynn vicinity, KY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER KY-49
Building/structure dates: 1874 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 2003 subsequent work
Significance: The Bennett's Mill Bridge is the sole surviving Wheeler truss covered bridge in the United States. Patented in 1870 by Isaac H. Wheeler of Scioto County, Ohio, this unusual truss design never made it into the mainstream of bridge building, but it did experience a brief period of popularity in the area around Sciotoville, Ohio, in the early 1870s. The bridge represents a post-Civil War resurgence of covered bridge building that saw innovations in truss design aimed at making wooden bridges increasingly efficient and economical.
Bennett, B. F.
Reid, A. L.
Wheeler, Isaac Hastings
McGee, E. A.
Bennett, Lola, Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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