Wehr's Bridge is the one
of five covered bridges that cross Jordan Creek in Lehigh County.
The 128 foot long Burr Truss Bridge was built in 1841. Originally
known as Sieger's Bridge, the term "Wehr's Bridge" became more common after
the opening of Wehr's Mill, which was built nearby in 1862.
This bridge along with the nearby Guth Bridge
forms South Whitehall Township's Covered Bridge Park that is anchored by
both bridges and runs along side Jordan Creek. The area around Wehr's Bridge is popular for picnics, photography, and fishing.
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-39-02 Design: Burr Truss Length: 128' Width: 17' Crosses: Jordan Creek
In suburban Philadelphia, there is a rather unique traffic obstacle along PA Route 320 (South Gulph Road). A rock outcropping, known as Hanging or Overhanging Rock, jutes out into the northbound lane of the highway. It sticks out into the travel lane enough that a 7'0" low clearance warning sign is ahead of it and numerous small vans and delivery trucks have to swerve around it.
So why is this rock here? Wouldn't PennDOT have removed the rock by now? Well, there's a story behind it and why it is still here - and it involves George Washington.
Overhanging Rock is the site of Washington's Continental Army's last encampment before taking up winter quarters at Valley Forge in 1777. The encampment lasted roughly six days, December 13th-19th. (1) It is the historical significance of the rock's location that led to different battles over the rock well over a century later.
Fast forward 140 years to 1917, though in its infancy, the automobile era was well …
Sometimes, cruising along the back roads, you'll find something neat that you didn't expect to see. During one of my trips around northern Pennsylvania, I found a piece of Americana on one of these back roads. Located in Bradford County in the small community of Warren Center, there is a replica of an older Sinclair Gas station that has been restored to vintage condition. The signage, building and the gas pumps all look pristine. This link to a bygone era is worth celebrating as well, as there is an annual cruise-in every September where you can have your classic car photographed in front of the gas station.
Opened in 1812, Volant Mills is located in Western Pennsylvania Amish country along the Neshannock Creek in Volant. The historic grist mill has been the economic center of this small town in Lawrence County for over two centuries. Now owned by a community non-profit organization, Volant Mills features shops where customers can buy handcrafted goods. There is currently a restoration effort underway to restore the historic waterwheel and other water powered turbines, making this a working mill again.