...After The Flood

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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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!

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2012 Gene Walls

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