Banks Covered Bridge

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Banks Covered Bridge
Banks Covered Bridge northern portal.jpg
Northern entrance to the bridge
Banks Covered Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Banks Covered Bridge
Location Southeast of New Wilmington on Township 476[2]
Nearest city New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°5′26″N 80°17′10″W / 41.09056°N 80.28611°W / 41.09056; -80.28611Coordinates: 41°5′26″N 80°17′10″W / 41.09056°N 80.28611°W / 41.09056; -80.28611
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1889
Architectural style Burr arch truss
Governing body Local
MPS Lawrence County Covered Bridges TR
NRHP Reference # 80003543[1]
Added to NRHP June 27, 1980

The Banks Covered Bridge is a wooden covered bridge in Wilmington Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States.[2]:2 It spans the Neshannock Creek southeast of New Wilmington.[2]:2, 5 Constructed in 1889, the bridge is a Burr arch truss built on stone foundations and supported by steel girders; it is 121 feet (37 m) long.[2]:6

Unlike many Pennsylvania counties, Lawrence County never possessed many covered bridges; perhaps only five such bridges were ever built in the county. Today, only the Banks Covered Bridge and the McConnell's Mill Covered Bridge near Rose Point remain.[3]:2 While the Howe truss used by the McConnell's Mill bridge is very rare, the Burr arch truss used by the Banks bridge is employed by many Pennsylvania bridges. Its interior walls are similar to those featured on many covered bridges in Bucks County.[3]:3

In 1980, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historical significance,[1] along with the McConnell's Mill bridge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Zacher, Susan M. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Banks Covered Bridge. National Park Service, 1979-12-11. Accessed 2010-02-10.
  3. ^ a b c Zacher, Susan M. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Multiple Property Submission: Lawrence County Covered Bridges TR. National Park Service, 1979-12-11. Accessed 2010-02-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Allen, Richard Sanders. Covered Bridges of the Middle Atlantic States. Brattleboro: Stephen Greene, 1959, 73-79.