Description - Sandy Creek Covered Bridge boasts the picture-perfect appearance of an old red barn. It was one of six bridges built in 1872 to allow passage from the Jefferson County seat of Hillsboro to St. Louis. John H. Morse built Sandy Creek Covered Bridge using the Howe-truss design, named for William Howe. Howe patented his design in 1840, which featured the use of vertical rods to draw wooden members tight against the top and bottom of the bridge. Three of the four remaining covered bridges in Missouri were built using the Howe-truss design, including Sandy Creek, Burfordville and Locust Creek covered bridges.
- Visitors to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site can enjoy a nice picnic lunch amid this scenic setting. Interpretive programs can be arranged for groups by contacting Mastodon State Historic Site at 636-464-2976.
Recreation - Activities at Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site include picnicking, wading in the creek (at your own risk), and Interpretive programs that can be arranged for groups by contacting Mastodon State Historic Site.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site is located just south of Goldman Missouri. To get to this site from Goldman, go south on Old Lemay Ferry Road.