Day 40, Friday, August 24, 2018
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
I love covered bridges – they are so beautiful! So I was excited to learn that Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands area is home 10 of them. After visiting Polymath Park, I went to visit a couple that were near my campground.
The Barronvale Bridge is the first; it is the longest bridge in Somerset County, spanning 162 feet, 3 inches over Laurel Hill Creek, and is 10 feet, 3 inches wide. There is widely varying information out there on its construction date. The sign on the bridge says 1830. Other sources say 1845 and 1846. It was reconstructed in 1902 (however one source says 1907). It is a double span Burr Truss bridge, which is apparently rare in the covered bridge world. Near the bridge is this home, which I know nothing about, but it looks old so I liked it!
I also visited the King’s Bridge, another Burr Truss bridge, nearby. The sign says it was built in 1802, and rebuilt in 1906 and 2008. Of course, sources on the internet vary on these dates as well, arguing that a 1802 date would put it as the earliest known covered bridge in the area, and they believe it was built later. After the road was bypassed in the 1930s, it was used as a livestock barn for a period of time before being restored. No matter when it was built or rebuilt, it is still a beautiful bridge and worth a visit.
It was a nice drive through pretty country roads to find these beauties, and a nice way to wrap up a day of sightseeing.
Do you love seeing covered bridges?