Baumgardener's Covered Bridge

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Baumgardener's Covered Bridge
Baumgardener's Mill
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Baumgardener's Covered Bridge Side View 3008px.JPG
Official name: Pequea #10 Bridge
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Township Martic, Pequea
Road Township 427 (single lane)
Crosses Pequea Creek
Coordinates 39°55′50″N 76°17′42″W / 39.93056°N 76.29500°W / 39.93056; -76.29500Coordinates: 39°55′50″N 76°17′42″W / 39.93056°N 76.29500°W / 39.93056; -76.29500
Length 120 ft (37 m)
 - Mainspan 32 m (105 ft) [1]
Width 4.3 m (14 ft) [1]
Overhead Clearance 11.5 ft (4 m)
Builder Davis Kitch
Design Burr Arch Truss Bridge
Material Wood
Built 1860
Owned and Maintained by Lancaster County
NBI Number 367228042515100
WGCB Number 38-36-25
NRHP Ref Number 80003541
Load 5 short tons (4.5 t)
Added to NRHP December 11, 1980
MPS Covered Bridges of Lancaster County TR
Location of Baumgardener's Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania
Wikimedia Commons: Baumgardener's Covered Bridge

The Baumgardener's Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #10 Bridge.

The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks.[2] It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

The bridge is located approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north of Frogtown Road on Covered Bridge Road just to the east of Pennsylvania Route 324 in Martic Township.[3] The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-25.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1980.


The Baumgardener's Covered Bridge was built in 1860 by Davis Kitch at a cost of $1,284. In 1987 the bridge was restored after it was damaged in a flood the previous year. During the restoration process, which cost $200,000, the bridge was raised by 4 feet (1.2 m) and lengthened by 9 feet (2.7 m) to protect it from damage in potential future flooding.[3]

It has been slated to be dismantled due to structural problems, and will be replaced with a modern concrete bridge.[verification needed]

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  1. ^ a b Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory (2008). "Place Name: Pequea (Township of), Pennsylvania NBI Structure Number: 367228042515100; Facility Carried: T-427, Covered Bridge Rd; Feature Intersected: Peqeua Creek". (Alexander Svirsky). Retrieved November 20, 2008.  Note: this is a formatted scrape of the 2006 official website, which can be found here for Pennsylvania: "PA06.txt". Federal Highway Administration. 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Baumgardener's Covered Bridge". County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. October 20, 2001. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Baumgardener's Covered Bridge". Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2006. 
  4. ^ McCain, Roger A. "Baumgartner's Mill Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2006.