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The Rishel Covered Bridge Is Back! by Gene Walls
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The iconic Rishel Covered Bridge has finally been returned to its former glory. It is a beautiful sight to see!

This historic treasure has survived the violent onslaught of several hurricanes and many floods over the last 182 years. In the fall of 2011, the Susquehanna River Valley in central Pennsylvania had experienced the wettest year in recorded history. After an extremely rainy spring and summer, this old bridge was subjected to two incredibly destructive storms, one right after the other. Those terrible hurricanes were named Irene and Lee. The bridge was very badly damaged. It was actually moved off of its foundation, lost many of the side boards and several critical structural members. The bridge had to be closed immediately afterward because it was no longer safe. I have been visiting the Rishel regularly, especially since it was damaged, to see if it could possibly be saved.

This is the last local covered bridge to be restored after the floods of 2011. You are viewing the famous Rishel Covered Bridge, located near Montandon, Pennsylvania, USA. I was thrilled to find that this great historical landmark had just been fully repaired. The work had been completed only a few days before my recent visit on July 10th, 2013, when this photo was snapped.

It warmed my heart to see this great old bridge opened to traffic again. The span now has a brand new deck, reinforced concrete buttresses, repointed stonework, repaved ramps and a beautiful fresh coat of traditional red paint. The Rishel Covered Bridge never looked better!

This is how the Rishel looked, shortly after the flood waters had receded

The Rishel Bridge was originally built by John Shriner and Zacheus Braley. It was constructed between 1825 and 1830. This bridge is located just east of Montandon, Pennsylvania on state RT-45 (just a few minutes from Lewisburg, PA). It is on Covered Bridge Road where it crosses the Chillisquaque Creek. It is one of the oldest covered bridges in the United States. Once again, it is open to normal daily traffic.

The Montandon / Rishel Covered Bridge was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 1979. (Reference Number 79002310)

This photo was captured with a Canon EOS 5D camera body through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Zoom lens, at the 17mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/100th sec at f/8, ISO 400, in RAW format. The RAW file was converted to JPEG in Photoshop CS2, “As-Is”.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2013 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    Gene, great perspective… nicely done, sir!

  • Thanks a bunch, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 1 year ago

    Wonderful that they were able to restore this bridge. The before and after pictures are amazing in their contrast! Love your covered bridges!

  • Thank you very much, Jan! I was afraid that this historic bridge would have to be closed permanently. It was a huge relief to find it open and looking great again. Three other local covered bridges were also damaged by the same 2011 floods. Fortunately, all four have now been completely restored and are open to traffic again. Our community leaders have done a fantastic job of preserving our important historic treasures.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Cover Shots!!”

  • Thank you very, very much for this extremely kind honor, Lorilee! I deeply appreciate having this shot Featured in “Cover Shots”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 1 year ago

    Great work Gene! So glad they were able to restore it! Have a great day! :O)))

  • Thanks a bunch, Linda! When I saw that the work had been so beautifully done, it completely made my month. Now all of our nearby covered bridges look “picture perfect”.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thank you very much, Derek!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Nicole Doyle
    Nicole Doyleover 1 year ago

    Looks wonderful

  • Thank you very kindly, Nicole! I am extremely happy that the Rishel was so beautifully restored.

    Warmest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks a big bunch for this kind honor, Pop’s! The Feature in “The World As We See It…” is extremely important to me!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Congrtulations on your feature nicely done and presented

  • Thanks a lot, Bonita!

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very, very much for this extremely kind honor, Marie! It is wonderful to see this shot Featured in “Preserving History”.

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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