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Welcome to Quintessential Pennsylvania!  This is a shared project between myself (Adam Prince) and Doug Kerr.  After the decision to let Gribblenation go dark, Doug and I both decided to continue features that we had on the old site and new ones as well.  Quintessential Pennsylvania keeps Doug's old Pennsylvania site name but now under a blog format.

Here we will feature - road items such as covered bridges, keystone town markers, and historical bridges - but also expand into downtown walkabouts, state parks, mail pouch tobacco barns, and more!  One of my biggest influences in photography and writing was the work of the late Fred Yenerall.  His photos showcasing the quiet simplicity of Pennsylvania showed that you never know what you may just find down a back road.

We hope you enjoy Quintessential Pennsylvania.  There's still a lot of kinks to work out like design, layout, and other items.  If our past experience with Gribblenation taught us, you never know what ideas and oppo…

Sonestown or Davidson Covered Bridge

The Sonestown or Davidson Bridge is one of three Burr Truss bridges within Sullivan County.  It is located just off of US 220 south of the village of Sonestown.  The bridge, which was built in 1850, has recently undergone some rehabilitation.  In the summer of 2005, the bridge's stone abutments were reinforced as they were threatened from erosion by the changing banks of Muncy Creek. (1)  Since then, damage from flooding in 2011 closed the bridge for major repairs, and it reopened to traffic in 2013. (2)  The bridge has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.

All photos taken by post author - May 1, 2005

Bridge Specs:

Number: 38-57-03Built: 1850Design: Burr TrussLength: 110 FeetCrosses: Muncy Creek
Sources & Links:

(1) Loewenstein, James. "Sonestown Covered Bridge threatened by erosion." The Daily and Sunday Review.  July 5, 2005. (2) Pennsylvania Covered Bridges - Sullivan County

Aline or Meiserville Covered Bridge

Located off of Route 104 between the tiny villages of Aline and Meiserville sits a restored Burr Truss Covered Bridge over the North Branch of Mahantango Creek. The Aline Bridge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, ninety-five years after it was first constructed.  The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, but it is easily accessible and has a few picnic tables.

All photos taken by post author - April 30, 2005.

Bridge Specs:

Number: 38-55-04Built: 1884Restored: 2001Design: Burr TrussLength: 60 FeetCrosses: North Branch - Mahantango Creek

Kreidersville Covered Bridge

The final bridge on the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour is the Kreidersville Bridge.  Built in 1839, it is the oldest bridge in the region and is the only remaining bridge in Northampton County.  The 116 foot Burr Truss bridge crosses Hokendauqua Creek and is only accessible by pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Kreidersville Covered Bridge is a very important part of the local community.  The bridge was the last of three covered bridge standing in the late 1950s.  The bridge was slated for demolition by the state until a group of local residents and preservationists fought to keep the bridge standing.  Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the annual Kreidersville Covered Bridge Festival and a 5 & 10k race that helps to fund bridge preservation projects.

Bridge Specs:
Number: 38-48-01
Built: 1839
Design: Burr Arch Truss
Length: 116 feet
Crosses: Hokendauqua Creek

Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour - Navigation:
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Schlicher Covered Bridge

When Doug Kerr came across the Schlicher Covered Bridge in 2013, it had been closed to traffic since December 2009.  The bridge, which was one of two access points to the Lehigh Valley Zoo and the Trexler Nature Preserve, had been closed as a result of structural fatigue - specifically a sagging wood deck that caused a substantial dip.  In June 2014, an almost completely new Schlicher's Bridge would open to traffic.  The new bridge is pretty much a modern replica of what was its nearly 130 year old predecessor.   Only 10% of the original bridge material was used in the construction of the replacement bridge.  The modern Schlicher's Bridge is about six feet longer and four feet wider than the original bridge; however, the eight foot height restriction still remains.

The original Schlicher Covered Bridge was built in 1882.  It is one of five covered bridges in Lehigh County to cross Jordan Creek.  The Burr arch truss bridge was a length of 110 feet.  The new bridge is 116 ft lo…

Geiger Covered Bridge

Known for it's uniquely shaped stepped portals, Geiger's Covered Bridge is the fourth covered bridge to cross Lehigh County's Jordan Creek.  The 112 foot long Burr Truss bridge was built in 1860.  The bridge sits slightly over a mile downstream from the Schlicher Covered Bridge.  If you prefer to be a little more adventurous, park your car on the east side of the bridge and follow the covered bridge trail.  This 2.7 mile hiking trail loop along Jordan Creek takes you to the Schlicher Bridge and back.

Bridge Specs:
Number: 38-39-05
Design: Burr Truss
Built: 1860
Length: 112'
Crosses: Jordan Creek

Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour - Navigation:
Back to Rex's Covered BridgeAhead to Schlicher's Covered BridgeReturn to Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour Index

Bogert Covered Bridge

The Bogert Covered Bridge is the oldest covered bridge in Lehigh County.  Built in 1841, this bridge has a colorful and unique history.  The bridge is named after Peter Bogert who purchased the land surrounding the bridge in 1744.  Bogert was a German immigrant who also was the first inhabitant of what is now known as "Hunter's Cabin" which stands nearby.  The cabin was built around the same time that Bogert purchased the land.

The Bogert Covered Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since the late 1950s. A pair of accidents in 1956 and 1957 severely damaged the bridge, and it was scheduled for demolition.  Local residents formed the Save the Bogert's Bridge Committee and rallied to save the bridge.  The group was successful, and in 1964, the state turned over the bridge to the City of Allentown.  Today, the bridge is for pedestrian use only and is the centerpiece of Allentown's Little Lehigh Park.

The Bogert Bridge crosses the Little Lehigh Creek and span…

Scott Covered Bridge - Revisited

Earlier this week, I published a blog entry on the Scott Covered Bridge in Greene County.  Thanks to Brian Powell, I learned that the bridge was rebuilt from the floor up in 2007.  The photo below from Brian shows that there wasn't much of the bridge standing in October 2007.

Brian would revisit the bridge in June 2009 and took photos of the completed project.
Many thanks to Brian for the updated information and allowing us to use his photos of the rebuilt Scott Bridge.  If you want to check out his entire photo set covering the bridge, you can do so here!