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COVERED BRIDGES  Infrared Images of Ohio Covered Bridges : This Gallery contains 137 Photographs of Ohio's Historic wooden truss Covered Bridges,  photographed  on special Infrared B&W film, giving the photos on old time  unusual look not possible any other way. This film is no longer available.

COVERED BRIDGES Infrared Images of O...

Robert E Gardner

This Gallery contains 137 Photographs of Ohio's Historic wooden truss ...

Updated: Apr 08, 2014 10:12am PST

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Lynn Reinbolt

Updated: Jan 05, 2014 6:21pm PST

Wehr's Bridge : Wehr’s Bridge is located at the western end of Covered Bridge Park, where it crosses over the Jordan Creek. In 1862, Ephraim Sieger built a stone gristmill on the north bank of the Jordan, and the bridge became known as Sieger’s Covered Bridge. After several owners, the mill was sold to William Wehr, and the bridge eventually was named Wehr’s Covered Bridge. The present concrete dam near the bridge that supplied power for the gristmill was built in 1904 and replaced the original wooden dam located a short distance upstream. The mill was torn down in 1951, and today locals refer to the general area surrounding the bridge as “Wehr’s Dam”. Wehr’s Bridge, which was built in the Burr arch truss design, shares its claim to antiquity with Bogert’s Bridge. Families enjoy picnicking and quiet recreation in the nearby park, and the Jordan is a popular trout stream at this point. With its scenic setting, Wehr’s Bridge is a favorite with photographers and artists, often used as the background for wedding photos.

Wehr's Bridge

Ernie Haller

Wehr’s Bridge is located at the western end of Covered Bridge Park, ...

Updated: Dec 14, 2013 9:55am PST

Lancaster County Covered Bridges : According to what I have read in the internet there are 29 covered bridges in Lancaster County Pa.  Due to a few factors I was unable to visit as many bridges as I would have liked to. Bad weather and some peoples inability to drive in it, Not understand that parts of Lancaster Co. are not as rural as I thought, maps of the area (and signage) hard to follow in places.

Lancaster County Covered Bridges

PhotosbyDan

According to what I have read in the internet there are 29 covered bri ...

Updated: Jul 14, 2013 7:14am PST

Bogert's Bridge : Bogert's Bridge was built in 1841-42. It takes its name from the Bogert family. Peter Bogert purchased the land on which the bridge is located in 1744 as part of his farm. Settlers are said to have put stones in the Little Lehigh at that place and used it as a crossing. In the 1760s, a crude log bridge, later replaced by a wooden plank bridge, was built on the site.
When American Indians complained that this bridge blocked their canoes, Bogert was called on to settle the dispute. The American Indians believed he treated them fairly, afterward calling Bogert "the Peacemaker."
Bogert's Bridge is a Burr truss, named after a design created by Theodore Burr of Connecticut in the early 19th century. Its most distinctive feature is two long arch trusses resting on abutments at either end. It was built by local men. John Waltman of Allentown worked on the bridge as a carpenter's apprentice at the age 16.
The Pennsylvania Department of Highways took responsibility for the bridge from Lehigh County in 1945 because it carried S. 24th Street, which linked state routes Hamilton Street (Route 222) and Lehigh Street (Pennsylvania Route 29).
The bridge served its role well for many years into the late 1950s. But at 3:15 a.m. on 19 February 1956, a speeding truck pulling a trailer smashed into the bridge, splintering seven of the bridge's 12-by-12-inch crossbeams. Its roof sagged in the middle. Initially Lehigh county wanted to tear down the bridge, believing it had become a traffic hazard. However, that didn't stop more damage from being done to the bridge. On 30 May 30, 1957, a second accident involving a truck carrying an earthmover crashed into the bridge, smashing the roof and causing extensive damage.
Although many thought Bogert's Bridge was doomed; however, a letter-writing campaign in 1957 by the Save the Bogert's Bridge Committee obtained state approval to move S. 24th Street to a new bridge adjacent a few hundred feet from the structure. The covered bridge was reconstructed by the Commonwealth and given to Allentown in 1964.
Today, Bogert's is the oldest covered bridge in Lehigh County and among the oldest in the country. It is open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Bogert's Bridge

Ernie Haller

Bogert's Bridge was built in 1841-42. It takes its name from the Boger ...

Updated: Feb 16, 2013 8:12pm PST

Schlicher's Bridge : Schlicher’s Covered Bridge is sometimes called the “deer pen bridge” since it is surrounded by Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve. The Game Preserve was established in 1906 as a reservation to raise and protect bison, elk and deer. Deer often can be seen grazing along the road near the bridge. The builder of the structure is unknown, and its name possibly came from local landowners. Schlicher’s is the newest and shortest bridge in Lehigh County and is the fifth and last covered span crossing the Jordan Creek. Built in the Burr Truss design, the structure has red vertical siding with a white interior and white horizontal siding around the low entrances. Like Lehigh Valley’s other covered bridges, Schlicher’s Bridge has a slate roof. Rebuilt in 1995, the bridge has stone abutments reinforced with concrete and wing walls capped with cement.

Schlicher's Bridge

Ernie Haller

Schlicher’s Covered Bridge is sometimes called the “deer pen bridg ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 6:33pm PST

Geiger's Bridge : Geiger’s Bridge is located on the eastern side of the Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve, and its high fencing is visible along the road. The bridge’s name may have been taken from the family of Jacob Geiger, who settled in the area after immigrating from Wurtenburg, Germany in the 1700s. Upon approaching the entrance of the bridge, its unusual stepped portal design that distinguishes it from other bridges is immediately noticeable. At one time a pipe, through which water was pumped from the Jordan Creek to nearby orchards and farms, ran from end to end across the bridge. Remnants of the cement foundation and pumping apparatus still remain on the side of the bridge. Built with Burr arches, the bridge has a floor of lengthwise and crosswise planking. The stone wing walls have been painted white, and one on the south side of the bridge has been shortened due to the topography.

Geiger's Bridge

Ernie Haller

Geiger’s Bridge is located on the eastern side of the Trexler-Lehigh ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 5:49pm PST

Rex's Bridge : Records indicate that at one time seven gristmills were established along the Jordan Creek, which rises near the base of the Blue Mountain and runs into the Lehigh Valley where it empties into the Lehigh River. While Rex’s Bridge is located close to Kern’s Dam and the former Kern’s Mill, there is no evidence there was a mill next to this bridge. It is believed that the bridge was named after the Rex family, who were local landowners in the vicinity. The structure is built in the Burr arch truss design, and the high arches can be seen through the side openings. Rex’s Bridge has a floor of lengthwise planking over crosswise planking, and the original stone wing walls have been covered with cement and painted white.

Rex's Bridge

Ernie Haller

Records indicate that at one time seven gristmills were established al ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 5:33pm PST

Guth's Bridge : This covered bridge crosses over
the meandering Jordan Creek. The original bridge that was built in 1858 was partially destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1882. Local
farmers and travelers forded the Jordan at this site prior to 1858.
The builder of the original structure is unknown. The bridge was named after Manasses Guth, who lived in the adjacent stone farmhouse and was a descendant of Lorentz Guth, the first settler in the area in 1745. The Manasses Guth Bridge, which is at the eastern edge of Covered Bridge Park, is built with the Burr arch truss design, has lengthwise planking and rests on stone and
mortar abutments with long wing walls capped with concrete

Guth's Bridge

Ernie Haller

This covered bridge crosses over the meandering Jordan Creek. The orig ...

Updated: Jan 06, 2013 7:48pm PST

Kreidersville Bridge : The Kreidersville covered bridge is just north of Northampton.  It is closed to vehicle traffic.

This bridge has a web page with lots of information:  http://www.kreidersvillecoveredbridge.org

Kreidersville Bridge

Ernie Haller

The Kreidersville covered bridge is just north of Northampton. It is ...

Updated: Jan 06, 2013 7:05pm PST

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