Utica Mills Covered Bridge 1850, Thurmont, Frederick County

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Thrifty Maryland forebears saved this bridge from complete destruction when a flood swept half of it away in 1889. The bridge originally spanned the Monocacy River on Devilbliss Road, but after the flood the remainder was moved by wagon to Utica, about two and a half miles away, and reassembled over Fishing Creek. Constructed of large, hand-hewn timbers, this 100-foot-long bridge is supported by a Burr arch truss. Patented by the inventor Theodore Burr, this truss combines a series of triangles with a long wooden arch to make the bridge more rigid and thus stronger.