Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ABC Wednesday - N is for Nineteenth Century Covered Bridges...

OK, so I had to reach for the "N" word this week! But I so wanted to post my pics of covered bridges!
This past Saturday (the weather was INCREDIBLE!) my husband, younger son and I went on a quest - to find all 12 covered bridges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. According to the Bucks County Covered Bridge Society's home page, there were approximately 1500 covered bridges in Pennsylvania at the height of the "covered bridge era" in the mid 1800's. The first covered bridge in the United States was in Philadelphia, and ran over the Schuylkill (pronounced skoo-kill) River. As recent as 1972 there were still 271 bridges throughout Pennsylvania, although they have been disappearing quickly. Today only 12 of Bucks County's original 54 covered bridges still stand, and we found them all! I'll post pics of the first one we found today, and then post the rest over the next week or so. Hope you enjoy it, and find it as interesting as I have!

The fist bridge we visited was Van Sant Bridge, which crosses the Pidcock Creek in Solebury Township. It is just outside Washington's Crossing State Park, and near Bowman's Tower. It was built in 1875, and is still open to traffic, although the weight limit is 7 tons.





Tomorrow, we'll move north to the Loux Bridge....and if you are interested in The Bridges of Bucks County (sounds MUCH better than the Bridges of Madison County, I think!), visit the Let's Get Aquainted site for the tour that we used...

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