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
The Donora-Webster bridge was like many bridges once found in Southwestern Pennsylvania - old, narrow, and full of character. Built around the turn of the 20th century, this bridge did more than just connect two Monongahela Valley towns, it had a unique charm that depending on who you spoke to - was either soothing or downright scary!
Growing up in Mon Valley, there are two things I recall about this bridge. The steep incline onto the bridge from the Webster side (shown below) and the hum of the narrow open-grate bridge. On a wet, snow or icy day, the thought of crossing the bridge would put a fright into many local drivers. However to those that crossed the bridge daily, the unique sound of the bridge meant that they were home.
Built in 1908, the five span truss bridge consisted of four shorter Parker through trusses and the main span - and also the longest at 518 feet - was a Pennsylvania through truss design. The unique design of the bridge was one of the many features to t…
Throughout Pennsylvania there are many small cemeteries. Some are rural and some are in many of the old towns and villages that are throughout the state. The Fells Church Cemetery in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County is one of them. Established in 1785 on the grounds of Fells Methodist Church, Fells Cemetery is the final resting place to those who fought in the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Three centuries of Pennsylvanians are buried here.
Both Fells Church and the village of Fellsburg have a long history. Fellsburg is located within Rostraver Township which is one of the original Westmoreland County townships dating back to 1773. Fellsburg is named after Benjamin Fell, and upon land donated by George Washington, Fells Methodist Church was built. Known as "The Lighthouse on the Hill", the historic stone church that was built in 1834 still stands; however, the congregation moved to a new building in 1967.
Like many Pittsburghers (present or former), I was surprised when I found out today that Kennywood will be retiring the Log Jammer ride after 42 years of service. The last chance to ride this Kennywood mainstay is this Sunday, September 17th. Kennywood intends to replace the Log Jammer with a new ride, rumors have
it as a new roller coaster or a return of the beloved Turnpike ride. The log chute water ride first opened in 1975 and was the park's first million dollar ride. It was one of three water rides within the park - the Pittsburgh Plunge and the Raging Rapids being the other.
Compared to the park's other two water rides, the Log Jammer was the most gentile. The ride was a 1,650 foot out and back consisting of two drops - a 27 foot plunge about halfway through and the final 53 foot drop which was the main feature. The ride was a great family ride for those that didn't want to get drenched but still wanted to cool off on a hot summer's day. Most of the spill…