Oldest American Covered Bridge, The Rishel

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Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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Small 12.0" x 8.0"
Medium 18.0" x 12.0"
Large 24.0" x 16.0"
X large 30.0" x 20.0"


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The Rishel Bridge is the oldest structure of its type still in daily use in the United States. The Rishel Bridge was built by John Shriner and Zacheus Braley. Official historical documents differ slightly regarding the year of construction as being between 1825 and 1827. (The sign above the entrance of the bridge has been found to be slightly in error, in that it proclaims “Built 1830”.) It is also known as The Montandon Covered Bridge.

This bridge was inundated in 1972 by the areas worst flood that was the result of severe rainstorms from the remnants of hurricane Agnes. The flood water line is clearly marked on the bridge, just below the roof! The bridge required substantial “strengthening” after the flood, and was completed in 1982.

This beautiful bridge is located just east of Montandon, Pennsylvania on state RT-45 (just a few miles from Lewisburg, PA), It is on Covered Bridge Road as it crosses the Chillisquaque Creek. The bridge is still open to traffic, in fact, several cars passed through the bridge while I was photographing it. However, there are severe restrictions on vehicle weight and height.

The Montandon / Rishel Covered Bridge is officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as of August 8, 1979.

This photo was captured with a Canon EOS 10D body fitted with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Zoom lens, at the widest focal length. The shutter speed was 1/45th sec at f/6.7. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto, tripod was used.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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