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Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
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Coordinates 40°12′29″N 76°8′5″W / 40.20806°N 76.13472°W / 40.20806; -76.13472Coordinates: 40°12′29″N 76°8′5″W / 40.20806°N 76.13472°W / 40.20806; -76.13472
Carries T 955
Crosses Cocalico Creek
Locale Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Official name Cocalico #2 Bridge
Other name(s) Butcher's Mill
Maintained by Lancaster County
NBI Number 367210085505020
Characteristics
Total length 64 ft (20 m)
Width 15 ft (4.6 m)
Height 10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Load limit 4 short tons (3.6 t)
History
Constructed by Elias McMellen
MPS Covered Bridges of Lancaster County TR
NRHP reference No. 80003514
Added to NRHP December 11, 1980

The Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge or Butcher's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Cocalico Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After the Landis Mill Covered Bridge, it is the second shortest covered bridge in the county. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Cocalico #2 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. 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's WGCB Number is 38-36-12. In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as structure number 80003514. It is located at 40°12′28.2″N 76°8′4.8″W / 40.207833°N 76.134667°W / 40.207833; -76.134667 (40.20783, -76.134667) to the northeast of Ephrata, Pennsylvania off Pennsylvania Route 272 on Cocalico Creek Road.

History

The Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1891Note: by Elias McMellen, using single span, wooden, double Burr arch truss construction, at a cost of $1167. A year later, in 1892, the bridge was damaged heavily in a flood and was rebuilt by McMellen for $1025. At only sixty four feet long, it is one of the shortest covered bridges in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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