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Cedarburg Covered Bridge, Cedarburg

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The Covered Bridge in Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States, is one of the last remaining covered bridges in that state, which once had about 40 covered bridges. Built in 1876 to cross Cedar Creek, the bridge is long and is made of pine with oak lattices. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and is now used only for pedestrian traffic.HistoryThe bridge was built in 1876, the result of a petition by area farmers. It was constructed to serve as a permanent replacement for previous bridges that had washed out on various occasions. In 1927, an abutment was added under the center of the bridge to support heavier vehicle traffic, such as cars and trucks, which were not present at the time of the original construction.The Ozaukee County Board took over the bridge's preservation and maintenance in 1940.In 1960, Ozaukee County bought the bridge and surrounding land for $7,500 and developed the area into Covered Bridge County Park.After nearly a century of continuous use, the bridge began to suffer, with the heavy traffic loosening the planks. It was decided that the only way to preserve the bridge was to alleviate the burden. In 1962, the Park Commission made the choice to relocate the bridge by moving it off the abutments to a location approximately east of where it was. It was also restricted to pedestrian traffic. A second, modern bridge was built beside it to the west, only a few yards away. This new bridge is now used for vehicular traffic on the adjacent Covered Bridge Road. The original bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1973.
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  • Eventhough the Cedarburg Covered Bridge may not have the history of covered bridges in the northeastern United States ( Vermont or New Hampshire), it has a lot of aesthetic appeal for Cedarburg. It wa...  more »
  • It was worth the drive. Probably takes about 7 minutes from the downtown area. It was worth stopping out. It was amazing to see how it was built. I thought we were going to have to walk to it. It was ...  more »
  • This is one of the last covered bridges in Wisconsin and it's a must see. Went here mid-February and it was breath taking. If you're in the area you have to stop even if you're just driving by!  more »
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  • It's a great big park for on Cedar Creek. Their is lots of places to have a nice family blanket picnic by the creek or big family picnics at the picnic areas. There is also lots of space to go for long walks, take pictures, and just hang out. But the neatest part is walking through the old, last standing bridge.
  • Beautiful & peaceful, a classic in SE WI! Unfortunately, graffiti has marred the interior of the bridge. There are porta-potties at the park, which is nice.
  • This is such a nice little park with a lively little creek running through it. You won't regret the short drive out of Cedarburg to see it!
  • A quiet place for a short visit. Dogs allowed
  • Covered bridge with wooden peg connections. It is in a park complex with picnic tables that is located on the north part of town. A nice stop to reflect on the olden days.