List of covered bridges


There are about 1600 covered bridges in the world currently.[1] This is intended to be a list of all current covered bridges (but is currently incomplete in that respect) plus former notable covered bridges.


  • China: covered bridges are called lángqiáo (廊桥), or "wind and rain bridges" in Guizhou, traditionally built by the Dong. There are also covered bridges in Fujian.[2] Taishun County, in southern Zhejiang province near the border of Fujian, has more than 900 covered bridges, many of them hundreds of years old, as well as a covered bridge museum.[3][4] There are also a number in nearby Qingyuan County, as well as in Shouning County, in northern Fujian province. The Xijin Bridge in Zhejiang is one of the largest.


North America

In Canada and the U.S., numerous timber covered bridges were built in the late 1700s to the late 1800s, reminiscent of earlier designs in Germany and Switzerland.[6][7]


The 1,282-foot (391 m) Hartland Bridge in New Brunswick is the longest covered bridge in the world. In 1900 Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario had an estimated 1000, 400, and five covered bridges respectively. In the 1990s there were 98 in Quebec,[8] 62 in New Brunswick,[9] and one in Ontario, the West Montrose Covered Bridge.[10] Between 1969 and 2015, the number of surviving covered bridges in Canada dropped from about 400 to under 200.[11]

United States

At least two covered bridges make the claim of being the first built in the United States. Town records for Swanzey, New Hampshire, indicate their Carleton Bridge was built in 1789, but this remains unverified.[12] Philadelphia, however, claims a bridge built in the early 1800s on 30th Street and over the Schuylkill River was the first, noting that investors wanted it covered to extend its life.[13] Beginning around 1820, new designs were developed, such as the Burr, Lattice, and Brown trusses.

According to Covered Bridges Today by Brenda Krekler, as many as 12,000 covered bridges once existed in the United States; that number dropped to under 1,500 by the 1950s.[14] The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges was formed in 1950.[14]

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) encourages the preservation of covered bridges with its Covered Bridge Manual.[15] By 2018, less than one thousand still survived in the US.[16]

Today, covered bridges exist in many states:

The oldest extant covered railroad bridge in the United States is located in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.

Other covered bridges

Pont de Rohan in Landerneau, France

The term covered bridge is also use to describe any bridge-like structure that is covered. For example:


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