Covered Bridge at Pequea Creek

Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful weekend. The weather here in the eastern U S has been spectacular, with Summer-like temperatures returning. In all likelihood, this will only last for a short period of time but it is very energizing to say the least. In this post I serve up the first of the Covered Bridges series. I've been wanting to photo some of these for some time and have compiled a listing of these structures within driving distance of my home. Most of these are located in the Amish country of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, a county that has 29. Most date back to the 1800s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are also constructed of wood, which is likely the reason they were covered in the first place. I read that some of these are listed to be replaced with modern concrete structures, so the number of existing structures will decline as time moves on.

Today's covered bridges have been reconstructed on their original sites for the most part, but they not only bridge the gap across creeks and rivers but also takes us back in history. Each structure has a story to tell.

Today we visit the bridge at Pequea (Peck-Way) Creek, which was originally constructed in 1860.

Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek
Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek

Originally known as the Baumgardner Mill Covered Bridge, this structure was rehabilitated in 1987. What you see here is typical of the covered bridge styling with it's triangular corners and arch trusses.

Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Inside Detail
Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Inside Detail

A look at the inside detail lets us know that these must be most difficult to build. I do love the fact that you can see practically every piece of wood used in the construction of this structure. By the way, this particular bridge is extremely sturdy with no creaks, squeaks or swaying. Amazing!

Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Bottom
Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Bottom

Above is a look at the bottom of this 105 foot span.

We close out with this angled view I shot when I first arrived at the site.

Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Angled View
Covered Bridge - Pequea Creek - Angled View

Have a great day, folks!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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