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The Burfordville Covered Bridge is a favorite of visitors
because it is located next to the historic
grain mill by the Whitewater River.

Burfordville Covered Bridge
When you visit the beautiful grounds of the Bollinger Mill
State Historic Site near Cape Girardeau, take time to study
one of Missouri's oldest remaining covered bridges.
The Burfordville Covered Bridge dates to 1858, before
the Civil War. It is located next to the grain mill in downtown Burfordville. It seems to transport visitors back to a
simpler time when harvests of grain were taken by wagon
loads across the 140-foot-long wooden bridge to be ground
into flour.
Built by Joseph Lansmon, the bridge isn't mentioned
until newspaper accounts of the burning of the original
Bollinger Mill in 1861. Fans of architecture will enjoy
seeing the original Howe-truss system which was used to
build the historic bridge. The unique truss style was created by architect William Howe and often used for bridge
building in the day.
"The benefit of Howe's design was how it held the bridge
together tightly, from top to bottom, to protect it against
the elements," says Brian.
The Burfordville Covered Bridge was made from locally
sourced yellow poplar. It began life as part of a toll road
over the Whitewater River.
The bridge was damaged by the flood of 1986 and closed
to all traffic until 1998 when major repairs were completed. Now open for pedestrians year-round, the bridge and
mill are one of the most highly sought after locations for
both photographers and painters alike.
Burfordville Covered Bridge is located at 113 Bollinger
Mill, Burfordville; 573-243-4591.

photos courtesy Missouri State Parks

"I think people have a natural
curiosity about covered bridges.
They offer charm in a beautiful,
natural setting."
- Brian Stith

We recommend calling ahead before traveling to make
sure sites are open for foot traffic.

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