Rapps Bridge, June 2007
|Location||Rapps Dam Road off of Route 23, East Pikeland Township, Pennsylvania|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Built by||Hartman, Benjamin F.|
|Architectural style||Other, Burr truss|
|MPS||Covered Bridges of Chester County TR (AD)|
|NRHP Reference #||73001608|
|Added to NRHP||June 18, 1973|
Rapps Bridge, also known as Rapps Dam Bridge, is one of fifteen surviving historic wooden covered bridges in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Rapps Bridge is located on Rapps Dam Road in East Pikeland Township. It is a 105-foot-long (32 m), Burr truss bridge, constructed in 1866 by Benjamin F. Hartman. It has fieldstone abutments, horizontal siding and boxed cornices with returns at its portals. It is one of three covered bridges that cross French Creek, the others being Hall's Bridge and Kennedy Bridge.
The Rapps Bridge was renovated in 1978 and again in 2011 for approximately 1.5 million dollars. On April 29, 2014, the bridge was heavily damaged when a tractor trailer crossed it. It is expected to re-open in September 2015.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Pennsylvania Covered Bridges website
- "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02. Note: This includes Susan M. Zacher (July 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Rapps Bridge" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Lynn Jusinski. "Rapps Dam Covered Bridge to Open Monday". PhoenixvillePatch November 18, 2011.
- Newspsper story about the accident
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