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Long Cane Covered Bridge, McCormick County (Troy vicinity)

Long Cane Covered Bridge is significant as one of three remaining covered bridges in South Carolina. The bridge was constructed in the summer of 1892 by Y.P. Reagan to replace an earlier bridge that had been washed away in January of that same year. Long Cane was also known as Bradley’s Bridge because it was built in close proximity to John Bradley’s mill. The bridge is a covered bridge constructed in the Howe style, a type of construction which introduced iron rods into the bridge trusses. This design proved to be both popular and influential and served as a means of transition from wooden bridges to those built of iron and steel. The bridge is 30 feet high and spans 163 feet over Long Cane Creek. It rests on two stone abutments with four supporting piers in the creek bed. The bridge consists of a series of 13 boxed “X” panel trusses in which iron turn-buckles were added for stability. The vertical board and batten siding used to cover these panel trusses is unpainted and irregularly cut. The portals are covered with unpainted wooden clapboards; a tin roof covers the bridge. Listed in the National Register December 22, 1977. The Long Cane Covered Bridge has since burned. Removed from the National Register August 31, 1979.

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