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Bennetts Mill Covered Bridge

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Bennetts Mill Covered Bridge - Greenup County, Kentucky

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Kentucky's Route 7 follows Tygarts Creek southward from the town of South Shore and the Ohio River. Located along this route is a rare covered bridge that spans Tygarts Creek. Recently refurbished in 2004, Wheeler Truss the Bennetts Mill Covered Bridge is the only remaining example of a Wheeler truss covered bridge. The refurbishment process, salvaging only 15 percent original material, used yellow pine timbers and poplar siding. The bridge was finished with oak flooring and roofing shingles. Restoration topped the million dollar mark and the bridge is back in use today. The freshly painted roadside plaque lists bridge builders B.F. and Pramley Bennett, and somehow notes the exaggerated bridge length at 195 feet.
   The Bennett name is not only associated with the original bridge builders, but the Bennett grist mill as well. The 155 foot bridge, found in northeastern Kentucky and specifically Greenup County, was built in 1855 so that residents across Tygarts Creek could access Bennett's mill, theoretically doubling his business.

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