August 1, 2022

Wooden Bridge Reopened to Traffic

Meems Bottom Covered Bridge

While I have posted pictures of this bridge at Mount Jackson before, it was closed for repair this spring after the roof was damaged again by trucks trying to pass through. Height limit signs were always posted but some people ignored them. Finally the work was completed and the bridge reopened to traffic. It is one of the few covered bridges still in use in Virginia.

City Daily Photo Theme: Wood.

The wooden bridge was built in 1892. After a fire in 1979, it was  reconstructed with steel beams and concrete supports underneath. It crosses the North Fork of the Shenandoah. The name Meems Bottom refers to the Meems farm on bottom land, that is, flat land on alluvial plain.

At one time, wood and stone were the primary construction materials here.

Wissler Road leading to the bridge now has an overhead warning system consisting of hanging pipes that will bop the top of a too-tall vehicle.

In downtown Mount Jackson, I spotted a new mural celebrating the bridge.
Monday Murals


  1. ...they need a solid guard on each approach.

  2. Beautiful covered bridge, and very nice mural, too!

  3. Beautiful bridge. Great warning system for high trucks. Lovely mural too. Thanks for participating in Monday murals Linda.

  4. Love those bridges, I remember seeing some when I was in The States many years ago.

    Sorry for the long gap between visits / comments, the last few months have been strange to say the least. Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. Hello,
    I love the covered bridge, the mural is beautiful too.
    Take care, have a great day!

  6. A lovely bridge. There's a covered bridge not far from here that was rebuilt- and strictly closed off to vehicles.

  7. It's sad that the truck drivers don't heed the height warnings. These bridges are historical monuments.

  8. hope they caught up with the dopy driver who ignored those signs and made him pay for the repairs! Beautiful bridge and surroundings. I love cuontry roads.

  9. This bridge is beautiful. I am delighted with it.


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