3 Cool Covered Bridges to Explore in Pennsylvania
If you have a passion for historic architecture, you might also have a thing for covered bridges. This type of structure was covered to protect the wood from rotting due to rain and snow. With a roof, a bridge could last 100 years instead of just 20 years.
Pennsylvania offers an abundance of these structures. Interestingly enough, the majority of the state’s covered bridges manifest the Burr arch truss style. Theodore Burr invented this style back in 1804. If you’re driving through Pennsylvania this summer, here are three covered bridges worth adding to your route.
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This bridge currently holds the title as the longest covered bridge in the state. Spanning 278 feet 4 inches long, it crosses the Tuscarora Creek. James N. Groninger built the bridge back in 1902. The Juniata County Historical Society restored it to its present condition in 2009.
Known as the last remaining bridge in Mercer County, Kidd’s Mill is unique among the state’s bridges because it manifests the Smith Cross Truss style. The bridge spans 119 feet and crosses the Shenango River. The Smith Bridge Company built it back in 1868. Robert W. Smith constructed most of it at his factory just north of Dayton, then transported the parts by train for onsite assembly.
East and West Paden
Located off of Route 487 in Columbia County, this duo of bridges is the only set of twin bridges in the U.S. Sometimes called the “Twin Bridges,” they span the Huntington Creek. West Paden is longer, measuring 115 feet; East Paden is significantly shorter, measuring just 75 feet.
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