This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS 30D DSLR body, fitted with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens. The lens was set to its widest 17mm focal length. The camera’s shutter speed was 1/50th sec @ f/10, ISO 100. A CP filter was mounted on the lens to control water reflections. The camera was securely mounted on a Manfrotto 555 tripod with a 222 “Pistol Grip” head.

Back on September 7th of 2011, our area saw some of the worst flooding that we have ever experienced. The disaster affected the smaller creeks and streams even more seriously than it did the Susquehanna River that they all run into. Several of our area’s prized historic covered bridges were damaged on that terrible day, but fortunately, none of the local structures were destroyed (but many “modern” bridges and roads were totally washed away).

The historic Frazier / Moreland Covered Bridge spans Little Muncy Creek in Moreland Township, near Lairdsville, Pennsylvania, USA. In a strange twist of fate, the Frasier Bridge was undergoing major repairs when the floods hit. The work that was being done almost certainly saved this wonderful treasure of our rich Pennsylvania heritage from being lost forever. Due to a mild winter and an early emergence of spring, the restoration work is nearing completion.

This site has changed dramatically since that last time I was here. Many of the huge trees that had surround this gorgeous landmark had been carried away or toppled by the ranging flood waters. Work still continues to restore the surrounding landscape, to make it as close to its original state as possible. I will return to get more photos here, as soon as the newly planted grass and spring foliage creates a more Idyllic setting for this stately old bridge.


New Historic Plaques on a stone pillar commemorate the work that is nearly completed.

The Frazier Covered Bridge was originally built in 1888, providing safe passage across Little Muncy Creek in Moreland Township. This structure is also know as The Moreland Covered Bridge and is often called the Old Lairdsville Bridge.

This bridge was officially listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1980 (#80003568). The World Guide Number is WGN 38-41-03. The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges lists this bridge as WGCB PA-41-03. This great old landmark has been skillfully rehabilitated under the guiding hand of the Lycoming County Commissioners, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Lycoming Supply Inc. (the project contractor). A new historical plaque states that the work was completed in 2011 (that sign had been cast before the autumn floods made additional repairs necessary).

This photo was captured on St, Patricks Day 2012, on a very warm March afternoon. I just had to re-shoot this site on the first opportunity I could arrange a visit here. I have taken many pictures of the Frazier / Moreland Covered Bridge, in every season over the years. It was fantastic to find this old bridge restored to all of its previous glory again, with calm waters below and azure blue skies above!

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© 2012 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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  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks for this wonderful honor, Pop’s! This Feature is greatly appreciated!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Looks great Gene! We just went Sat. to get some shots of one up here that’s been worked on for a couple of years! :O))))

  • Thank you very kindly, Linda! I have been visiting all of our area’s historic covered bridges recently, to check on their condition since the awful flooding we experienced last September. So far, all of them are still there, but several were damaged. One, the oldest covered bridge in the US, had to be closed to traffic due to major structural damage. Hopefully the Rishel Covered Bridge will be repaired and reopened as soon as possible. Fortunately, our local communities do take our historic landmarks very seriously.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture ! Congrats on the feature.

  • Thank you very much, Jan!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 2 years ago

    Such bizarre weather patterns everywhere this year, Gene…. glad things have subsided.
    Beautiful shot.

  • Thanks, Wendi! Yes, the weather has been extremely unusual recently …but I’ll gladly take these early spring conditions anytime. Our forsythia, daffodils and hyacinth are in full bloom today! That’s almost a month early for us. I count it as payback for the awful floods we had last fall.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    This is looking very good indeed. Looking forward to seeing how the landscaping & such progresses, but the bridge is such a magnificent example that it truly stands alone. Good work as always, Gene.

  • Thank you, Sheila! Lycoming Supply (the contractor) has done an amazing job of restoring this bridge. It’s the third covered bridge that they have fully rehabilitated in this county since 1980. I’m glad our local officials are serious about protecting these irreplaceable historic treasures. This is the bridge that I had reported to the County Commissioners two years ago. They did the right thing, and the did it very quickly (as government projects go, anyway).

    Warmest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    Lovely well composed shot!

  • Thanks a bunch, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

  • This is a truly wonderful honor, Pamela! Thank you so much for Featuring this photo in “Barns, Gristmills & Covered Bridges”!

    Very gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 2 years ago

    Nice capture Gene

  • Thank you very kindly, Monte!

    Best regrads,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • DJSchaeffer
    DJSchaefferover 2 years ago


    Congratulations! : )

  • This is fantastic news, DJ! Thank you very, very much for this extremely kind Feature honor!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago


    March 28/12*

  • This is wonderful, wonderful news, Vickie! Thank you so much for this extremely kind honor! I am really happy and proud to see this covered bridge photo Featured in “preserving History”!

    Most gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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