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Couple donates last piece of Honey Run Covered Bridge

A couple saved two pieces of the original bridge from the 1800's after a truck crashed into it.

Posted: Oct 18, 2019 8:04 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A couple saved a piece of the original Honey Run Covered Bridge from the 1800's after a truck crashed into it.

"It means something to us because we loved going up there," Marilyn Gamette said

Marilyn and Robert Gamette have lived in Chico since 1961 - they've been married for almost 60 years.

"I think the thing I remember the most right now is going to the bridge for certain days that they would set aside and have celebrations there," Robert said.

An out of control truck crashed into the bridge in 1965 - and a new bridge was built.

"The truck demolished it - and that's why we have some of the wood from that bridge," Robert said.

The Gamette's always brought visitors to the Honey Run Covered Bridge to have picnics, swim and fish - but this visit was like no other.

"We we're visiting it and he was interested to see where the bridge has been and looking at the wreckage of it," Robert said.

"My dad immediately saw this pile of just trash lumber and he went over and talked to a couple of people and they said oh we're going to take it to the dump and burn it - my father was just like - you know that would be horrible so with that he asked can I have any of this... take all that you want," Marilyn explained.

The Gamette's used the two pieces of wood as a workbench for the next 50 years.

"I've built some structures and things on it for the house on it and I did use it for a lot of things," Robert said.

They're very very sturdy obviously because those were the actual part that cars and trucks and so forth went across," Marilyn said.

After the Camp Fire destroyed the beloved bridge, the Gamette's knew they wanted to donate their piece of the past.

"I feel like its historically significant and you wanna share it with people," Robert said. "It makes you feel pretty good it would be nice to let people see a part of history."

The Gamette's are interested in donating a piece of the wood to the restaurant La Salles in Chico where a mural of the Honey Run Covered Bridge is displayed.

They are also in contact with the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association in hopes of donating it back to the community.

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