Skip to main content

Patrick County, Virginia Covered Bridges

Patrick County is home to two of Virginia's eight remaining covered bridges eighty years and older.  The two bridges, Bob White and Jacks Creek, are located within miles of each other off of VA Route 8.

Bob White Covered Bridge:
 
Just off of Route 8 in Woolwine sits the Bob White Covered Bridge.  Built in 1921, the 80' Burr Truss bridge over the Smith River is one of the last covered bridges built for general traffic in Virginia.   Designed and built by Walter Weaver of Woolwine, the bridge served as an access point to the Smith River Church of the Brethren.  The bridge is now closed to vehicles but is the centerpiece of Patrick County's Covered Bridge Festival held annually in June. 

To get to the Bob White Covered Bridge follow VA 8 south of Woolwine, turn left to go east on Route 618 for one mile and then turn right onto Route 869.  Route 869 dead ends at the bridge.  Brown destination signs also mark the route to the bridge.

Jack's Creek Covered Bridge:
 
Just a few miles south on VA 8 from the Bob White Bridge is another covered bridge over the Smith River.  Jack's Creek Bridge - named for a nearby Baptist Church - is slightly older and shorter than Bob White.  The 48-foot span was also designed by Walter Weaver and built in 1914.  The bridge was built by Charles Vaughn. 
 
The Jack's Creek Bridge is also located south of Woolwine and can be seen from Route 8.  From VA 8 South, a quick right turn onto Route 615 takes you to the bridge.

 
 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Yes, the color of your nearby fire hydrant matters...

...and here's why. You will find White, Red, Yellow and Violet colored fire hydrants pretty much everywhere.  But there's a reason for this - and it's because of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  This association has issued guidelines for color coding standards for fire hydrants.  These color codes from the body of the hydrant, top of the hydrant, and in some municipalities the outlet caps are designed to allow fire fighters to know what type of system, water flow rate (Gallons Per Minute or GPM), and level of water pressure.  This guideline is known as NFPA 291 and is intended to be used universally throughout the United States. The NFPA guidelines are specific to the body and the top cap of the hydrant.  If a hydrant is WHITE or YELLOW - it means that it is connected to a public/municipal water system.  If a hydrant is RED - the hydrant is connected to a private system, typically a well.  These are most common in rural or unincorporated areas

Legend of the Ridge Route; a history of crossing the mountains between the Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley from wagon trails to Interstates

Over the past two decades I've crossed the Interstate 5 corridor from Los Angeles north over the Sierra Pelona Mountains and Tehachapi Range to San Joaquin Valley what seems to be an immeasurable number of times.  While Interstate 5 from Castaic Junction to Grapevine via Tejon Pass today is known to most as "The Grapevine" it occupies a corridor which has been traversed by numerous historic highways.  The most notable of these highways is known as the "Ridge Route."  This article is dedicated to the Ridge Route and the various highways that preceded it.  This blog is part of the larger Gribblenation US Route 99 Page.  For more information pertaining to the other various segments of US Route 99 and it's three-digit child routes check out the link the below. Gribblenation US Route 99 Page Ridge Route corridor introdution The Ridge Route as originally envisioned was a segment of highway which was completed in 1915 between the northern Los Angeles city limit

Establishing the numbering conventions of California's chargeable Interstates

The Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956 brought the Interstate Highway System into existence which would largely be constructed by Federal Highway Administration fund matching.  The Interstate Highway System was deliberately numbered to run opposite the established conventions of the US Route System.  While the Interstate Highway numbering conventions are now well established there was a period during the late 1950s where they were still being finalized.  This blog examines the history of the establishing of the chargeable Interstate Highway route numbers in California.  The above blog cover depicts the Interstate Highway route numbers requested by the Division of Highways in the Los Angeles area during November 1957.  The establishment of the numbering conventions of California's chargeable Interstates The Interstate Highway System was not created in a vacuum by way of the passage of the 1956 Federal Highway Aid Act.  The beginning of the Interstate Highway System can be found in the