Pool Forge Covered Bridge

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Pool Forge Covered Bridge
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Coordinates 40°07′47″N 75°58′36″W / 40.1297°N 75.9768°W / 40.1297; -75.9768Coordinates: 40°07′47″N 75°58′36″W / 40.1297°N 75.9768°W / 40.1297; -75.9768
Locale Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Design single span, double Burr arch truss
Total length 99 feet (30.2 m)
Constructed by Levi Fink and Elias McMellen
Construction start 1859

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The 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.

The bridge's WGCB Number is 38-36-01. Added in 1980, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003510.[1] It is located at 40°7′46.8″N 75°58′36.6″W / 40.129667°N 75.976833°W / 40.129667; -75.976833 (40.12967, -75.97683).[2]

It is included in the Poole Forge historic district as a contributing structure.[3]


The bridge was built in 1859 by Levi Fink and Elias McMellen.


  • Length: 99 feet (30.2 m) total length
  • Width: 15 feet (4.6 m) total width


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PENNSYLVANIA - Lancaster County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ Travis, Dale. "38-36-12". Round Barns & Covered Bridges. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Joan Fleckenstein (November 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Poole Forge" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-18. 

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.