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 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…
Along PA 221 in rural Western
Washington County sits the Sawhill Bridge. This 100 year old structure
sits quietly in one of Western PA's most remote areas. The Sawhill
Bridge was heavily damaged from the remnants of 2004's Hurricane
Ivan causing it to lean and making it impassable.
A nearly $500,000 reconstruction project occurred in 2005 that rebuilt the entire bridge
from its foundation. (1)
In July 2009, I was able to revisit the bridge again after the rehabilitation project. The bridge was in great shape and should be in usable condition for years!
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-63-34 Design: Single Queen Truss Length: 57' Crosses: Buffalo Creek Built: 1915
The Wright or Cerl Bridge
is one of the 23 covered bridges that can be found in Washington County.
This bridge can easily be viewed from Interstate 70 near Kammerer.
The 24' single span King Truss bridge carries Sumney or Ridge Road over the North
Branch of Pigeon Creek. Although the date of original construction
is unknown (estimated time period 1875-1899), the bridge was placed on
the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was restored in 1998-99.
Bridge Specs: Number: 38-63-30 Design: Single King Truss Length: 24' Crosses: North Branch Pigeon Creek
Directions: Exit 31 I-70, turn South. Take immediate right
onto School Road. Follow School Road for approximately 0.7 miles.
Turn right onto Short Cut Road. Continue straight onto Ridge Road to Bridge. Please note that Ridge Road no longer crosses Interstate 70.