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.
Nestled on the edge of the woods of the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County is the High Knob Overlook. At around 2000 feet high, the scenic overlook allows for expansive views of the hills and valleys to its west, with breathtaking views of 20 miles out on most days. While it's off the beaten path, the overlook is quite easy to get to, as there are paved roads leading right up to the parking lot for the overlook. The overlook sits on an Appalachian plateau where the hills and valleys were carved by ice during the Wisconsinan glaciation of the last Ice Age.
You can easily see the Loyalsock Creek valley, neighboring Tioga and Lycoming Counties, more mountains in the Loyalsock State Forest and more. Spectacular sunsets make the overlook quite popular, and due to the dark skies at night, it's also possible to see people out with telescopes gazing at the night sky. Other popular times to visit the High Knob Overlook are during the month of June when the mountain laurel bloom…
The town of Addison is located along US 40 in Somerset County. Most of the town sits along an old stretch of US 40/National Road that runs south of the current Route 40. Within Addison sits the Petersburg Toll House, an original toll house built in the 1830s for toll collection along the National Road.
Built in 1835, the Petersburg Toll House was used to collect tolls from all travelers and their load along this historic highway. That year the United State Congress transferred the maintenance of the National Road, whose original route was completed in 1818, from the federal government to the states. The states in order to raise funds for the repair and upkeep of the road instituted tolls. In Pennsylvania, six toll houses were built. Of the six, Petersburg and the Searights Toll House (to the west of
Uniontown) are the only two toll houses still standing. A third, the
LaValle Toll House, is located in Maryland. The toll keeper lived at the
toll house rent free and was paid a…