Gilkey Covered Bridge

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Alert! Gilkey Bridge is currently closed and undergoing major reconstruction. You can drive up to the bridge site from either the North or the South (see the routes on the locator map), but you cannot pass over the bridge. October 31 is the stated completion date for the project.

Gilkey Covered Bridge was featured in the Hollywood movie "Stand By Me" as shown above. 

The Gilkey Covered Bridge was built in 1939 with the Howe truss design and spans 120 feet across Thomas Creek. (Click on the images for larger views.)

Gilkey was once a town and served as a shipping point for farm products. As noted by a nearby sign: “Gilkey Station was established when the railroad arrived in 1880 and was named in honor of Allen and William Gilkey.”

The familiar swimming rope is tied to the framework of the railroad bridge, and during the summer swimmers enjoy this area of Thomas Creek.

In fall of 2007, the bridge had to be closed due to severe damage caused by a large farm service truck crashing into the bridge with its boom extended. The truck and boom broke several of the upper beams and braces. A floor beam was also fractured. It was a mess.

Repairs were installed in 2008 and the bridge was reopened to traffic.

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