The City of Frankfort’s Capital City Museum has received a handcrafted scale model of a beloved, local historical landmark — the Switzer Covered Bridge. The model was unveiled at the museum on May 8th.
David L. Morton, Jr., a retired rural mail carrier from Lexington, has long admired the bridge and has many vivid memories of visits to the old bridge with his friends and grandchildren.
These visits inspired Morton to build the model now at the museum, which is constructed from a single piece of poplar measuring three inches thick by 12 inches wide and 13 feet long.
Starting in 2011, Morton secured the architectural plans that were used to reconstruct the bridge following the devastating 1997 flood. After months of research and with the help of architects and structural engineers, he set out upon what became “one man’s two-year journey to construct a scale model of a Kentucky landmark, the Switzer Covered Bridge.
The City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites operates the Capital City Museum, 325 Ann St. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.