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.
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…
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