Kreidersville Covered Bridge

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Kreidersville Covered Bridge
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Kreidersville Covered Bridge
Kreidersville Covered Bridge is located in Pennsylvania
Kreidersville Covered Bridge
Location N of Northampton on LR 48061, near Kreidersville, Allen Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°43′25″N 75°29′35″W / 40.72361°N 75.49306°W / 40.72361; -75.49306Coordinates: 40°43′25″N 75°29′35″W / 40.72361°N 75.49306°W / 40.72361; -75.49306
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1840
Architectural style Burr Truss covered bridge
Governing body Allen Township, Pennsylvania
MPS Covered Bridges of the Delaware River Watershed TR
NRHP Reference # 80003587[1]
Added to NRHP December 1, 1980

Only Remaining Covered Bridge in Northampton County Pa. Kreidersville Covered Bridge The historic Kreidersville Covered Bridge was built in 1839. In 1959, inspired citizens of Northampton County rallied for its preservation after it became known that the State Highway Department had plans to build a new concrete bridge in its place. Kreidersville Covered Bridge became one of the first covered bridges to be recognized for preservation by a committee of enthusiasts. In 1959, they formed a State organization called "The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania". The society was named for the arched truss patented by Theodore Burr and used in the construction of the bridge.

In 1960, The Burr Covered Bridge Society, together with The Harmony Grange and local citizens, influenced the Northampton County Commissioners to accept ownership after the Pennsylvania State Highway Department restored the bridge. Kreidersville Covered Bridge crosses the Hokendauqua Creek. Its length is 116 feet. On September 30, 1961, State, County and local representatives took part in the re-dedication of the bridge, then known as Solt's Bridge. Kreidersville Covered Bridge in olden days was known in the community as "Hummel's - Koch's - Solt's Bridge." They were names of families who lived near the bridge in years gone by.

The Kreidersville Covered Bridge is a Burr truss wooden covered bridge that crosses the Hokendauqua Creek in Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Its length is 116 feet. The bridge is now owned by the township and is the only covered bridge remaining in Northampton County. It is the last stop on the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge tour through Northampton and Lehigh county. There are seven covered bridges to visit and it is approximately 50 miles on the tour.

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It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Kreidersville Covered Bridge - History". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Susan M. Zacher (undated). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Kreidersville Covered Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-29. 

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