A Day in Paris, KY: Part 3
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The last remaining covered bridge in Bourbon County, KY can be found on Colville Rd. (US 68) just 8 miles outside of Paris, and 4 miles northwest of Millersburg, KY.
The bridge was built in 1877 by Jacob Bower of Bower Bridge Company, spanning 124 feet over Hinkston Creek using a Burr truss design. Yellow poplar was used in the construction of the bridge, as it was thought to be an indestructible wood. The bridge has received updates and repairs over the years, including raising the height of the bridge after a flood in 1997 that nearly took it off its foundation.
A Few Remaining
The Colville Covered Bridge is one of only a handful that can be driven through, and one of only 11 remaining covered bridges in the state. At one time, Kentucky had over 400 covered bridges, but many were lost during the Civil War. Just recently, we lost the longest covered bridge, Beech Fork (also known as Mt. Zion), to arson. You can read that post here.
The bridge sits in a bend in the road and is only one lane. There is a small spot where you can pull off to take pictures and to take a walk through it. It is a beautiful spot with a country road continuing on the other side of the bridge. On this particular day, we enjoyed the bridge all to ourselves, and used it as a photo-shoot backdrop. It was a beautiful location!
The drive to the bridge is just as beautiful and I captured a few photos of the rolling hills of Kentucky!
I hope you take a day to enjoy Paris, KY. It truly is a special place to visit!