Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lenape Park, No. 2, Covered Bridge

The covered bridge in the pictures below was built in 1832 of pine and oak. It originally crossed over Pleasant Spring Creek which feeds into the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in South Perkasie, Pennsylvania. But after the bridge was condemned for traffic, it was moved in 1958 to its current location in Lenape Park for preservation. It is commonly referred to as the South Perkasie Covered Bridge.

In the above picture, the sign at the top of the picture reads, "$5 fine for any person riding or driving over this bridge faster than a walk or smoking segars [cigars] on."

The above picture and the next two were taken from inside the covered bridge and shows some of the construction of the bridge.

In this picture note how the bridge is being held together by wooden pegs.

As usual, this sort of structure does attract grafitti such as above. Note both the carved text and drawing.


Tropical Screamer said...

Aloha, Tim:

I so appreciated the comment you left on my blog about my quilting.

One of the great things about having a presence online is the people that you "talk" to and the chance you're given to learn about new places.

I've spent the last hour enjoying your site. Your pictures are wonderful.

I also explored your links and became a little less ignorant about the Mennonite church and your beliefs. I also read about the Amish. (My brain had linked the two churches yet I had no idea why.)

I learned a lot today thanks to your comment on my blog. The Internet gives us such a great opportunity to see that good people of all faiths and beliefs have many, many things in common.

With sincerest regards,

Ginnie said...

When we were in NH a few years back, we would look for every covered bridge we could find. I would collect them if I could :) So romantic!

Crystal said...

Covered bridges are quite romantic and I'm happy that people believe in the preservation of historical bridges.

srp said...

I love these old bridges. While reading this post I was trying to remember the last time I ever drove through one and I can't. I know of very narrow rickity bridges in Illinois that we drove over when I was a child; they scared me to death, especially with my mom squealing in the front seat. But I don't remember any covered ones. The same holds true with tunnels through mountains. Here we have the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel so each time I go visit my daughter in Williamsburg I get that unique sensation. Lovely pictures.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, Darilyn (aka tropical screamer). I'm glad you enjoyed my blog and found it to be a real learning experience. I find photography to be a enjoyable experience and try to share that here. And isn't it good to find that we people regardless of our backgrounds and beliefs have so much in common to be appreciative about?

ginnie, I find covered bridges to be an inspiration to me. Just something about them that makes me feel good.

crystal, I'm glad you appreciated these pictures. And I, too, am glad that there are people who work at preserving these bridges. While we may experience these bridges as romantic, I read that they constructed covered bridges for the practical reason that it helped to preserve the bridges from the weather.

Thanks, srp. We still have a few covered bridges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that one can drive through. They are neat. And I love driving through tunnels, too.

Minka said...

If I am nto absolutely mistaken, I have seen this bridge, or one quite like it in a movie once. Can´t recall it though!
Lovely post as always!

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, minka. I have no doubt that you at least saw one like it in a movie. These used to be quite common in various parts of America. Thanks for coming by.

San Nakji said...

This kind of bridge is always in the movies. And TV shows too like the Dukes of Hazzard and The Waltons. It's wonderful!

Tim Rice said...

Ah, san nakji. TV shows like the Duke of Hazzard and the Waltons were some of my favorite shows.

Trailady said...

I love those old covered bridges. I'm drawn to things of antiquity. Buggies, trains and carousels... Covered bridges were a work of art and an engineering wonder. I have good memories of the bridge in MO. where we spent many a hot day swimming in the river.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, trailady. And I bet you do have fond memories of that bridge in MO where you swam.