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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.

Table

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 Creasyville Covered Bridge 9.jpg
Davis Covered Bridge 1875 87 feet (27 m) Burr Arch Roaring Creek Davis Covered Bridge 2.JPG
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) FOWLERSVILLE COVERED BRIDGE, COLUMBIA CO. PENNSYLVANIA.jpg
Hollingshead Covered Bridge No. 40 1851 116 feet (35 m) Burr Arch Catawissa Creek Hollingshead Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Johnson Covered Bridge No. 28 1882 61 feet (19 m) Queen truss Mugser Run Johnson Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Josiah Hess Covered Bridge No. 122 1875 110 feet (34 m) Burr arch truss Huntington Creek Josiah Hess Covered Bridge 14.JPG
Jud Christie Covered Bridge No. 95 1876 63 feet (19 m) Queen post truss Little Fishing Creek Jud Christian Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge 1881 41 feet (12 m) Queen truss West Creek (later moved) Lawrence L. Knoebel Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Kramer Covered Bridge No. 113 1881 50 feet (15 m) Queen post Mud Run Kramer Covered Bridge 8.JPG
Kreigbaum Covered Bridge 1876 62 feet (19 m) Queen post South Branch Roaring Creek Kreigbaum Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Parr's Mill Covered Bridge No. 10 1866 84 feet (26 m) Burr Arch Roaring Creek Parr's Mill Covered Bridge 4.JPG
Patterson Covered Bridge No. 112 1875 82 feet (25 m) Burr truss Green Creek Patterson CB 112 PA.jpg
Richards Covered Bridge 1880 64 feet (20 m) Modified multiple kingpost South Branch Roaring Creek Richards Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Rupert Covered Bridge No. 56 1847 185 feet (56 m) Burr Arch truss Fishing Creek Rupert Covered Bridge 13.jpg
Sam Eckman Covered Bridge No. 92 1876 66 feet (20 m) Queen post truss Little Fishing Creek Sam Eckman Covered Bridge 1.JPG
Shoemaker Covered Bridge 1881 49 feet (15 m) Queen post truss West Branch Run Shoemaker Covered Bridge 2.JPG
Snyder Covered Bridge No. 17 1876 60.2 feet (18.3 m) Burr Arch truss or Queen post truss Roaring Creek Snyder Covered Bridge 6.JPG
Stillwater Covered Bridge No. 134 1849 151 feet (46 m) Burr arch Fishing Creek Stillwater Covered Bridge - Pennsylvania.jpg
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 TWIN BRIDGES - WEST PADEN.jpg
Wanich Covered Bridge No. 69 1844 98 feet (30 m) Burr arch Little Fishing Creek Wanich C Bridge PA.jpg
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