Shimanek Covered Bridge

WGN – 37-22-03 Shimanek Covered Bridge – Built in 1966 in Linn County by Linn County, Hamilton Construction Company spanning Thomas Creek on Richardson Gap Rd., single span, 130 feet long, Howe trusses

10-panel truss. The first bridge built at this location is believed to have been constructed as early as 1861, while the first documented covered bridge was built in 1891 for a cost of $1,150. In 1904, the county rebuilt the bridge, only to have it washed out in 1921. Its replacement lasted until 1927, when high water damaged the piers and the span was replaced. 8-panel truss. Trees were blown against the fourth covered bridge at this site during the Columbus Day Storm of 1962. The resulting damage forced the county to restrict the covered bridge to a 2-ton load limit with single lane traffic. The bridge was destroyed soon after, and in 1966 the current Shimanek Bridge was completed, the fifth covered bridge to occupy this site. It has been rumored that the 1891 bridge had a welcomed accommodation of a two-hole toilet built into the foundation, a luxury not found at the current covered bridge. Its red color and louvered windows are unique in Linn County.


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