Historic bridge re-emerges

PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Several large trees which hid Bowker's Bridge, over McCormick's Creek near Dunback, have recently been removed.

The bridge, built in 1869, is the last of the original arched stone bridges still visible on the old coach road to Central Otago. Heritage New Zealand information says the schist stone used in the bridge was unusual for its time.

The bridge was used by people travelling from Dunedin to the Central Otago goldfields through the Pigroot.

By the 1950s the one-way bridge was becoming too small for the usage it was getting, and in 1962 a new bridge (rear) was built over the creek.

Stones were removed from the old bridge's parapet to support the abutments of the new bridge. 

Add a Comment

drivesouth-pow-generic-1.png

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter