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.
Pennsylvania is home to a number of firsts, including the site where the first weather satellite in the world was constructed. The first edition of the useful application of modern meteorology, known as TIROS I, was a joint collaboration between the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and Lavelle Aircraft Corporation. RCA was keen on the television and imaging technology of the day, but when it came to the aerospace engineering components and construction of the satellite, they turned to Lavelle, who designed and fabricated the satellite at their office in Newtown, Pennsylvania. While it was the first weather satelling, TIROS I had issues from the get go. TIROS I was launched on April 1, 1960, but due to electrical issues, it was rendered inoperable after only 77 days. Still, it provided many useful weather related images during its short time in operation.
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.
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…