There are about 1600 covered bridges in the world currently. 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.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. 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.
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.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. Beginning around 1820, new designs were developed, such as the Burr, Lattice, and Browntrusses.
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. The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges was formed in 1950.
Kentucky – As many as 700 covered bridges existed in the past, though only 12 are known to still exist. 11 are open to the public, and one exists on private property; all are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See list of covered bridges in Kentucky.
Vermont – "Vermont is justly famous for her covered bridges. No other state has built and still possesses so many of the old timbered crossings in so small an area." In 1996, 106 covered bridges were reported in Vermont. See list of covered bridges in Vermont.
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