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The original idea for wooden Plank Roads came from Russia to Canada in the 1830’s and became, for a short time, a popular method of road construction spreading, in the 1840’s, to the US. Some disappeared, others are now just trails, many became paved roads but in many cases the name stuck and you can still find signs to indicate that the road was once a "Plank Road"
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A plaque, road sign or other evidence (e.g. remaining planks) indicating that a road was once constructed with wooden planks. The road must have been originally designed for vehicles - no pedestrian walkways, boardwalks etc. should be placed in this category.

Wooden Plank bridges are permitted in this category but only if the bridge was designed for road vehicles and if there are still wooden planks visible.
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Find, and post the coordinates and a picture of a plaque or road sign indicating that a road was once built with wooden planks. Include the location and any information you can find on its history. If you're lucky enough to find any remaining planks, post a picture of these. In the case of plank bridges make sure your picture includes the wooden planks and that the bridge was designed for road vehicles.

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Plank RoadsNorth Fork Road Bridge - Grand Forks, BC

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This bridge crosses the Granby River 15.5 km north of the highway in Grand Forks. It can be accessed from the west by North Fork Road and from the east by Granby Road. Granby Road ends here and North Fork Road continues north.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 2/6/2014

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsSlocan River Bailey Bridge - Winlaw, BC

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This wood decked bailey bridge is about 7.5 km. north of Winlaw, west of Highway 6.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 2/6/2014

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsSalmo River Bridge - Ymir, BC

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This Bailey Bridge with the obligatory lumber decking crosses the Salmo River right at the little community of Ymir.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 2/6/2014

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsSheep Creek bridge - Salmo, BC

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A real, honest to goodness, Bailey bridge south of Salmo, BC. It crosses the historic Sheep Creek, the site of much mining excitement over a century ago.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 2/6/2014

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsPlaza de Armas - La Habana Vieja - Cuba

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Plaza de Armas is located in La Habana Vieja - Cuba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tatie

location: Cuba

date approved: 1/17/2014

last visited: 5/4/2013

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Plank RoadsLa route de la Chevrerie, Acadie

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A nice Plank road in this municipality!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ourspolaire&Gemeloj

location: Quebec, Canada

date approved: 11/2/2013

last visited: 4/13/2014

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Plank RoadsPont de Grandchamp-Ste-Geneviève-de-Berthier- Québec, Canada

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Une route en planche en dessous du pont. A plank road under the bridge.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member gemeloj

location: Quebec, Canada

date approved: 10/17/2013

last visited: 10/18/2013

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Plank RoadsKurtz's Mill Covered Bridge - Lancaster, PA

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The bridge's deck is made from oak planks with a single span, and wooden, double burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The bridge is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/8/2013

last visited: 10/2/2013

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Plank RoadsPinetown Bushong's Mill Covered Bridge - Manheim, PA

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Yet another fantastic, wooden planked, red covered bridge in Lancaster County. All of these bridges are virtually identical. This one was almost washed away in Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 but in 2013 it was repaired down to the wooden frame & rebuilt.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/4/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsBridge over Lake River - Ridgefield, Washington

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This one-lane plank bridge crosses the Lake River in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: Washington

date approved: 9/3/2013

last visited: 1/2/2014

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Plank RoadsZook's Mill Covered Bridge - West Earl Twp., PA

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Yet another fantastic, wooden planked, red covered bridge in Lancaster County. All of these bridges are virtually identical. This one was almost washed away in '72 by Agnes as indicated by historical records and the high water marker present.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/3/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsThe Willows Covered Bridge - Paradise (Soudersburg), PA

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This restored covered bridge retains the planking from two covered bridges combined in 1962. The deck is in good condition. The bridge is 93 feet in length & 15 feet wide and is for pedestrian tourists only.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/3/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsHerr's Mill Covered Bridge - Ronks, PA

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Authentic plank roads (as well as the Burr-arch Truss design) can always be found on the floors of all twenty-eight beautiful covered bridges in Lancaster County. This one is the longest in the county & has been abandoned w/ its planks in bad shape.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/3/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsBucher's Mill Covered Bridge - Stevens, PA

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Authentic plank roads (as well as the Burr-arch Truss design) can always be found on the floors of all twenty-eight beautiful covered bridges in Lancaster County. This one spans a local creek and is surrounded by Amish farmlands.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 9/3/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsFoxcatcher Farm Covered Bridge - Fair Hill, MD

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An original plank road is featured on this Bowstring (chord type) and Howe Truss Bridge, built between 1850 and 1860 and located on Tawes Drive in the Fairview Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Maryland

date approved: 9/1/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsThomas Mill Covered Bridge - Philadelphia, PA

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This is the last covered bridge w/in the city limits of Philadelphia & the only covered bridge within the city limits of any major U.S. city. The bridge still has its original planks which was reused during the Works Project rehabilitation in 1939.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/22/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsGreen Sergeants Covered Bridge - Stockton, NJ

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Although the masonry abutments were built in 1750, the Green Sergeants Bridge was built in 1872 in accordance with the County Freeholders’ motion adopted September 16, 1872. It still has its original planks despite reconstruction.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: New Jersey

date approved: 8/10/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsSachs Covered Bridge - Gettysburg, PA

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This wooden-planked covered bridge is dubbed as Pennsylvania's most historic covered bridge. The Confederate army bid a hasty adieu to Gettysburg and retreated over this bridge in July of 1863. It was originally built in 1852 by David S. Stoner.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 8/1/2013

last visited: 3/29/2014

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Plank RoadsBardwell’s Ferry Bridge - Conway, MA

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The Bardwell’s Ferry Bridge is a lenticular-truss bridge with a plank road that spans the Deerfield River between Conway and Shelburne, MA.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 7/27/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsKnox Covered Bridge - Valley Forge National Park - Wayne, PA

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This mid-19th century bridge was constructed by Robert Russell using a Burr Arch Truss and wooden planks, which are still in good shape today.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 4/11/2013

last visited: 3/29/2014

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Plank RoadsLima Plank Road, 16 Mile Toll Gate - Laotto , IN

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This is the location of the 16 mile toll gate for the 60 mile long plank road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dnrseekers

location: Indiana

date approved: 1/27/2013

last visited: 1/26/2013

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Plank RoadsRed Run Covered Bridge - New Holland, PA

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This now defunct covered bridge was originally designed with wooden planks for vehicular traffic. Today the worn and dangerous looking planks remain although the bridge has been moved to the side away from its original location.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 1/9/2013

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsOld Plank Road - Prattville, AL

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Though it is paved today, this road was originally constructed of pine logs so Daniel Pratt could easily ship his cotton gins.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo

location: Alabama

date approved: 12/18/2012

last visited: 12/17/2013

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Plank RoadsRütihardbrücke - Münchenstein, BL, Switzerland

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Maybe the last plank bridge in the region that is still open to motorized traffic.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67

location: Nordwestschweiz (AG/BL/BS), Switzerland

date approved: 12/11/2012

last visited: never

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Plank RoadsErb's Covered Bridge - Lititz, PA

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A beautifully oak planked floor is just part of the countryside charm of this 19th century covered bridge and NRHP site.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 7/15/2012

last visited: 3/28/2014

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