Pisgah Bridge

            Montgomery County suffered a great loss last weekend when the swollen West Fork of the Little River swept the Pisgah Covered Bridge off of its supporting foundation.  Now hold it right there, before you start asking yourself what kind of yahoo is writing this, I am aware that the Pisgah Covered Bridge is actually located in southern Randolph County .  However, I also understand the importance of the structure to the citizens of Montgomery County .  The Pisgah Covered Bridge provided a sense of place to the local community.  It brought memories of a simpler time, back when you needn’t have a two way bridge.  For back when the bridge serviced the community if two folks approached the overpass at the same time, one would politely pull over and await his counterpart to cross first.  It also provided a sense of pride for the local community.  There were only two of these structures remaining in all of North Carolina , and one happened to be right in your back yard. 

            Over the past two days I’ve had the pleasure of working beside many folks from the N.C. Zoo and local community to salvage as much of the bridge as can possibly be saved.  Thanks to the generosity and hard work of the Zoo’s Maintenance Department, Horticulture Department, arborists and administration we’ve been able to pull nearly the entire structure from the site’s surrounding woods and river bank.  Other folks putting forth a generous hand were Mr. Harold Hogan and R & H Motor Lines of Asheboro.  We still don’t know what will ultimately result from this effort.  Ideally, we’ll be able to restore the bridge using much of the original lumber.  Until we can retrieve the entire structure and assess the damage, we simply can’t say if the bridge will be restored or not. 

            This brings me to my next point.  As word of the loss of the bridge spread some folks decided it would be a good idea to take pieces of it home for posterity’s sake.  Trying my best to not judge people, I’ve chosen to assume that these individuals didn’t realize the bridge may be restorable.  Thus, they saw no harm in taking home a few pieces to put on the mantle.  However, with the vision of restoring the structure slowly coming together it is becoming increasingly important that the entire bridge be accounted for.  So my request is this:  If you have part of the structure of the Pisgah Covered Bridge please contact the N.C. Zoo, or myself, so that these pieces may be recovered.  We won’t ask any questions!

            The N.C. Zoological Society     has taken the lead in planning for the site’s restoration, and hopefully the bridge’s.  If you have questions or comments you can reach them at (336) 879-7250.  If you would like to make a donation please send your check to the N.C. Zoological Society, with a reference to the Pisgah Bridge Walkway Restoration Fund, 4403 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, N.C. 27205.  If you’re unable to give financially, please don’t let that stop you from helping out in some other manner.  Wouldn’t it be great if the community were able to save this important piece of its heritage?