List of covered bridges in Columbia County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
As of 2007, there are a total of 21 covered bridges in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The number of covered bridges in Columbia County is the third highest number of covered bridges in any one county in Pennsylvania, behind Washington County and Lancaster County. Columbia County is also home to one of two sets of twin covered bridges in the United States.
By 1962, a large number of the covered bridges in Columbia County were experiencing weathering. During this year, Columbia County began working on the preservation of the damaged bridges.
There is an organization known as the Columbia County Covered Bridges Association that has existed since 1991 and supports the presence of covered bridges in the county. The county commissioner of Columbia County, Chris Young, is also a supporter of Columbia County's covered bridges, stating that "When you stand on a covered bridge, you're actually going back in time". 18 of the covered bridges are open to vehicle traffic, as of 2002, and these are maintained by officials of Columbia County. The remainder of the bridges are maintained by the Columbia County Covered Bridges Association. A number of the covered bridges are attractions for local and regional tourism. They are also used for picnics and fishing.
A number of the covered bridges were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Three of these bridges were the Josiah Hess Covered Bridge No. 122, the Davis Covered Bridge, and the Rupert Covered Bridge No. 56. The Josiah Hess Covered Bridge No. 122 received some damage to its abutments. The Davis Covered Bridge was closed after the tropical storm. The Rupert Covered Bridge No. 56 sustained minor damage from a tree branch that went through its side.
Statistics and history
The existing covered bridges in Columbia County are spread across at least 11 townships. Out of these, four are in Fishing Creek Township, five are in Cleveland Township, two are in Greenwood Township, two are in Jackson Township, and two are in Franklin Township. The rest of the townships in Columbia County have one or zero covered bridges.
While fewer than 20 covered bridges remain in Columbia County in the 21st century, a total of 116 covered bridges have been built in the county, meaning that 97 covered bridges in the county have been destroyed. Of these, nine were destroyed in the 1800s, including one, the Berwick-Nescopeck Covered Bridge, that was destroyed in the late 1830s. Considerably more covered bridges were destroyed in the 1900s. In this century, a total of 60 covered bridges were lost. Two more covered bridges were destroyed in the 21st century. Additionally, 17 covered bridges were lost at an unknown date.
|Name||Date built||Length||Type||Stream crossed||Image||Source|
|Creasyville Covered Bridge||1881||44.5 feet (13.6 m)||Queen post truss||Little Fishing Creek|
|Davis Covered Bridge||1875||87 feet (27 m)||Burr Arch||Roaring Creek|
|Esther Furnace Covered Bridge||1881||101 feet (31 m)||Queen post||Roaring Creek|
|Fowlersville Covered Bridge||1886||40 feet (12 m)||Queen post||West Branch Briar Creek (later moved)|
|Hollingshead Covered Bridge No. 40||1851||116 feet (35 m)||Burr Arch||Catawissa Creek|
|Johnson Covered Bridge No. 28||1882||61 feet (19 m)||Queen truss||Mugser Run|
|Josiah Hess Covered Bridge No. 122||1875||110 feet (34 m)||Burr arch truss||Huntington Creek|
|Jud Christie Covered Bridge No. 95||1876||63 feet (19 m)||Queen post truss||Little Fishing Creek|
|Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge||1881||41 feet (12 m)||Queen truss||West Creek (later moved)|
|Kramer Covered Bridge No. 113||1881||50 feet (15 m)||Queen post||Mud Run|
|Kreigbaum Covered Bridge||1876||62 feet (19 m)||Queen post||South Branch Roaring Creek|
|Parr's Mill Covered Bridge No. 10||1866||84 feet (26 m)||Burr Arch||Roaring Creek|
|Patterson Covered Bridge No. 112||1875||82 feet (25 m)||Burr truss||Green Creek|
|Richards Covered Bridge||1880||64 feet (20 m)||Modified multiple kingpost||South Branch Roaring Creek|
|Rupert Covered Bridge No. 56||1847||185 feet (56 m)||Burr Arch truss||Fishing Creek|
|Sam Eckman Covered Bridge No. 92||1876||66 feet (20 m)||Queen post truss||Little Fishing Creek|
|Shoemaker Covered Bridge||1881||49 feet (15 m)||Queen post truss||West Branch Run|
|Snyder Covered Bridge No. 17||1876||60.2 feet (18.3 m)||Burr Arch truss or Queen post truss||Roaring Creek|
|Stillwater Covered Bridge No. 134||1849||151 feet (46 m)||Burr arch||Fishing Creek|
|Twin Bridges-East Paden Covered Bridge No. 120||1884||112 feet (34 m) and 75 feet (23 m)||Queen post and Burr arch||Huntington Creek|
|Wanich Covered Bridge No. 69||1844||98 feet (30 m)||Burr arch||Little Fishing Creek|
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