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
As you head west on US 40 from Uniontown, there is a second historical
toll house that remains standing. The Searights Tollhouse was one of
six toll houses that once stood along the historic route. Similar to
the Petersburg Toll House in Addison, Searights was built in 1835 after the federal government transferred the maintenance of the National Road to the states.
Searights Toll House is named after the nearby village of Searights.
The village is named after William Searights who lived nearby. In later
years, a coal company town
would be built just to the south of the toll house. The toll house is a
two story facility and is open for tours. The toll house is currently
owned by the Fayette County Historical Society.
After collection of tolls ceased in 1905, the toll house went into
disrepair. Today, it has been fully restored and has many artifacts
that give a glimpse of life as a toll keeper during the 19th century.
The toll house was added to the National Registe…
As I have been going through old flickr albums that are providing the material for this blog, I come across various buildings and subjects that I didn't know much about when I took the photo, but now have an opportunity to learn more and obviously write about. Such is the case with the former Washington Terminal Station for the Waynesburg and Washington Railroad.
I took photos of the former railroad station on a July 4th explore trip into Washington County. On my blog entry describing the trip, I had posted about the abandoned building that appeared to be a railroad terminal. Fortunately, I had a few comments that informed me that the building was the former Washington station for the Waynesburg and Washington Railroad (W&WRR). So now seven years later, I did some additional research and learned a lot about the history of this station and the railroad it once served.
The Waynesburg and Washington railroad was the brainchild of John Day in 1874. Issued a charter in 1875, w…