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Humpback Covered Bridge - Covington, Virginia

The Humpback Covered Bridge was built in 1857 and is one of the few remaining covered bridges in the country that was built significantly higher in the center section to allow safe passage of both boats and winter ice below it. It's the oldest remaining covered bridge in the state of Virginia. It crosses the Dunlap Creek for a distance of 109 feet. The bridge is four feet higher in the center than at the ends. The bridge sits in a beautiful park setting just about a mile from a major highway in Covington, Virginia. The bridge is not open to traffic. Unfortunately, graffiti idiots have taken their toll on the inside of the bridge, but the outside remains in remarkable shape.


This is actually the fourth covered bridge to be located at this same location. The first was built into the 1820s and was destroyed by a flood in 1837. The second one was built in 1838 and was also destroyed by a flood in 1842. The third bridge fell collapsed in 1856 due to heavy use and fatigue from weathering. The current Humpback bridge was in service from 1857 through 1929 when traffic was diverted to a steel bridge built for U.S. Highway 60 further to the north. The WGCB # for the bridge is 46-03-01.


I shot this back on 10-17-2009 as seven exposure bracketed RAW frames at 1/3 stop variance, then combined into an HDR and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro.


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Taken on October 17, 2009