The severe 2011 floods in the northeastern USA did so much damage to lives and property that it is impossible to calculate the real costs. People I love saw their homes destroyed and their lives permanently rearranged. It took a while for some of the less obvious affects to be seen. Now that most of my friends have settled into a positive path to recovery, I felt it was time to survey some of my favorite historical covered bridges. I just had to see if they had survived nature’s watery onslaught.
Of the five bridges I have visited in the last two weeks, four of them were victorious over the raging water that had threatened them. The oldest historical covered bridge, the Rishel, was badly damaged, but it wasn’t washed away. I am certain that it will be restored to it former glory.
This morning I visited two of the old bridges in our area, the Buttonwood and the Buckhorn. I could only photograph the Buckhorn Covered Bridge today, but the Buttonwood still looks great too. It was all good news this time, both were in great shape, with no damage that I could find. The fact that they are still open to traffic means that they have passed the structural inspections that were required after the floods.
This is the historic Buckhorn Covered Bridge in Cogan House Township Pennsylvania, USA (It is also called the “Cogan House Bridge” by some local residents.) The bridge was built in 1877, It spans Larry’s Creek in Lycoming County.
The structure was fully restored in 1998. It is located a few miles from Steam Valley, off of Rt-15, north of the city Williamsport, PA. The bridge was officially listed on the National Register Of Historic Places in 1980. It is beautifully maintained by the Lycoming County Commissioners.
NRHP #80003567 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PA 41 7208 0784 0112 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
Buckhorn Covered Bridge, In the Summer of 2009
Historic Plaques on a Stone Pillar
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