Contact the NCWTS

Phone: 515-294-8103
FAX: 515-294-0467
woodcenter@iastate.edu

Due to limited support staff, we are unable to provide personalized guidance regarding wood-related issues. Please use the resources in our publication library, which cover a wide array of wood-related topics.

The NCWTS is a center at the Institute for Transportation, at Iowa State University.

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World Guide to Covered Bridges

The World Guide to Covered Bridges is produced and maintained by the National Society for the Preservationof Covered Bridges (NSPCB). It uses a unique numbering system to identify the individual covered bridges, past and present, from around the world. With funding from FHWA's National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, the National Park Service's Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) have created this online database tool, cataloging over 800 extant and 10,000 lost historic American covered bridges. All bridges are searchable by selected attributes and locations, and existing bridges have been mapped via a variety of sources including GPS and satellite imagery.

The information found in this database comes from several sources. The original source is from the World Guide to Covered Bridges, which is available in print from NSPCB. The Covered Spans of Yesteryear Project has also greatly contributed to expanding knowledge of extant and lost covered bridges. Special thanks to Bill Caswell, Trish Kane, and their team. Considerable information on lost bridges has been generously provided by them and can be researched in detail at LostBridges.org.

Begin your search of the database!

 

This database is a work in progress. An editable version of the database is currently available to individual bridge experts who have previously received authorization to update records. Those users may go to this page and log on using the credentials provided to them previously. Others interested in assisting may contact Christopher Marston [christopher_marston@nps.gov], HAER National Covered Bridge project manager.

Do you have photographs of a covered bridge that you'd like others to see? This application utilizes the Panoramio image service to display photographs of covered bridges. It is open to the public and free to use. Set up an account here and begin uploading your images.