Pool Forge Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The bridge is now on private property where it was once used as a storage barn before the owner added a road to receive vehicle traffic.
The bridge has a single span, wooden, double
Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. It is painted entirely red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges on the outside. The inside of the bridge is not painted. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in red without any of the traditional white paint.
WGCB Number is 38-36-01. Added in 1980, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003510. It is located at [1 ] (40.12967, -75.97683). 40°7′46.8″N 75°58′36.6″W / 40.129667°N 75.976833°W [2 ]
It is included in the
Poole Forge historic district as a contributing structure. [3 ]
History [ edit ]
The bridge was built in 1859 by
Levi Fink and Elias McMellen.
Dimensions [ edit ]
Length: 99 feet (30.2 m) total length
Width: 15 feet (4.6 m) total width
Gallery [ edit ]
A three-quarters view of the bridge
Another three-quarters view showing the same bridge approach.
One of the sides of the bridge
The other side of the bridge
The approach to the bridge closest to the main road
The approach farthest away from the main road entrance
The Burr arch truss design on the inside of the bridge
A closer look at the Burr arch truss
An example of the bridge's steel hanger rods
The bridge's underside structure
The underside of the bridge showing where the Burr arch meets the concrete bridge abutment. The concrete bridge in the background bypasses this bridge.
An underside bridge joint showing the Burr arch truss design.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
McCain, Dr. Roger A. "Pool Forge Bridge". A Guide to Old Covered Bridges of Southeastern Pennsylvania and nearby areas . Retrieved . 2006-08-04
"Pool Forge Covered Bridge". Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center. Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2006 . Retrieved . 2006-07-07
"The Covered Bridges of Lancaster County". Lancaster County, PA Government Portal. County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 2001-11-09 . Retrieved . 2006-07-07