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Shoe Farm Bridge


Wide shot looking south

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in September 19, 2013


BH Photo #281609



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The one span, 76'-long, pin-connected metal Pratt pony truss bridge built in 1889 is supported on stone abutments that have concrete caps and wingwalls placed ca. 1977. It has built up compression members, eye bar tension members, U-shaped floorbeam hangers, built up floorbeams, steel stringers, and a wood deck. Inspection files record a date of construction of 1889. The plaques have been lost, and there are no distinctive details that identify the builder or fabricator. The bridge is a traditionally composed example of the pin connected Pratt truss type and design that dominated highway bridge building in the last decades of the 19th century. Once common in the region, they are now increasingly rare with this being one of the two oldest identified examples from 1889 to 1896 in Adams County, and among the oldest pre-1890 pin connected pony truss highway bridges in the region. The bridge is historically and technologically significant as an example of its type and design.


Pony truss bridge over Conewago Creek on TR 463 (Schuebert Road)
Adams County, Pennsylvania
Closed to all traffic
Built 1889
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 73.2 ft.
Total length: 76.1 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76464, -77.02265   (decimal degrees)
39°45'53" N, 77°01'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/326749/4403591 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 01 7203 0463 3062 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 41379 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2014: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • December 26, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description note
  • March 8, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Tweeked GPS


  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com


Shoe Farm Bridge
Posted November 23, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] !yahoo [dot] com)

jodi,you said you were by this bridge and saw no closed signs.could you please look again because this bridge should not be listed as closed,right?thanks.

Shoe Farm Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Well sure they do, that is where Birkenstocks are raised.

Shoe Farm Bridge
Posted April 13, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They actually have a farm there where they grow shoes???

Shoe Farm Bridge
Posted April 13, 2014, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com)

I was at this bridge in September and no closure signs were seen.

Shoe Farm Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

does anyone know the current status of this bridge?pleaee let me know.thanks.