Carolina Covered Bridges
World Guide Numbers
(WGN) are listed, when known. WGN assigned numbers are coded, such
as 46-03-01. The first two numbers are the assigned State number
in alphabetical order. The second two numbers represent the county
number, also in alphabetical order. The third pair of characters
or numbers is the bridge number. All non authentic bridges, as well as a few authentic bridges, are numbered with an alpha character in lieu of the last two digits, i.e., 45-08-B (Vermont's New
Village non authentic Stringer
Covered Bridge (WGCB) numbers have been assigned by the National
Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges (NSPCB) are
referenced for all listed bridges. Assigned numbers are coded, such
as NH-05-12 or VT-115-a. The first two characters are the postal
abbreviations for the state (formerly digits starting at 01 represented
the state in alphabetical order). The second two digits represents
the county in alphabetical order starting at 01 for each state. The
third pair of characters represents the bridges place in the NSPCB tally
of that county's bridges, starting at 01 for authentic truss type bridges
or a letter for non authentic type bridges, an upper case letter for motor
vehicle bridges, and a lower case letter for footbridges. Additionally, bridges that have a leading "(" before the last letter, are considered O.C.B.I. - "Of Covered Bridge Interest" - a Covered Bridge that is
under 12' or is just on the ground and not over anything, i.e., 45-12-(b.
general information: North Carolina had a few hundred covered bridges
gracing its roadways during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Randolph County alone had sixty covered bridges in the 1930s. Currently,
North Carolina has thirty six covered bridges, but only two are authentic
and only one of these is Historic, Bunker Hill Bridge. Of the thirty
four non-authentic covered bridges, four are historic. The thirty
six covered bridges were constructed between circa 1860 and 2001.
These thirty six covered bridges were constructed between circa 1860 and
2001. Twenty nine of North Carolina's covered bridges are located
in the western part of the state. All five of the historic covered
bridges are closed to motor traffic, and three are privately owned.