When the Camp Fire broke out in Butte County in November, it destroyed a lot of historic structures. Most notably, the Honey Run Covered Bridge was completely destroyed by the flames. Plans are in place to reconstruct the bridge, and now you can support reconstruction efforts while doing your Christmas decorating.
A limited number of Christmas ornaments are being made from the charred remains of the bridge and being sold to fund reconstruction efforts. Volunteers from the Honey Run Covered Bridge Association were able to salvage materials from the bridge and are using them to create Christmas ornaments. The ornaments contain old metal strips from the bridge that are shaped into a heart and include tags that read “rebuild the bridge.”
The first batch of ornaments were sold out immediately, bringing in $11,000 of money for the association in just ten minutes. A total of $17,000 has been raised by the ornament sale thus far.
In their second effort, approximately 1,500 ornaments will go on sale for $20 a piece on December 15th. They will be on sale at local Butte County retailers as well as on Ebay.
For more information on where and when to find the ornaments, go to the Facebook page ‘Rebuild Honey Run Covered Bridge.’ You can also donate to the effort to rebuild the bridge at www.rebuildhrcb.org.
Honey Run Covered Bridge was constructed over Butte Creek in 1886. The rustic thoroughfare sat between Chico and Paradise over Butte Creek, and was the only three-span truss bridge of its kind in the United States. It was a monument to California’s Gold Rush and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It had been one of only 11 covered bridges still standing in California.