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Stories from the valley

Still Standing

Contributed by Jim Morris

Less than six miles from one of my favorite burger places in the valley, time slows down yet history stands tall.

The Honey Run Covered Bridge in Butte Creek Canyon is an impressive and well-preserved relic of the Gold Rush days. Built in 1886, it’s the last covered Pratt-style tri-span bridge remaining in the United States. It was taken out of active use in the mid 1960s, but fortunately remains a great location for a picnic or, in my case, walking off lunch of a burger, fries and Nutella shake.

Today, the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association, a private, charitable organization, oversees the preservation of the bridge, as well as the care and maintenance of the adjoining park. They have a $5 park use fee donation box on site.

As a proud Chico State Wildcat, there are many things to do in Chico. Here’s a link to more than 30 great places to visit.