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Everett Swinging Bridge


Looking east

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in November 29, 2012


BH Photo #245186


This Swinging Bridge is located near Down River Golf Course in Everett, PA. It is privately-owned. The deck is wood and not reinforced by trusses or girders. The connections are bolted and welded. The towers are wood. The suspended cables are a mix of chains and wire strand cables.


Suspension bridge over Raystown Branch Juniata River on Swinging Bridge Lane
Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Open to private traffic
- Howard Schetrompf
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01679, -78.35398   (decimal degrees)
40°01'00" N, 78°21'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/725822/4432974 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Everett East
Inventory number
BH 55006 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 29, 2016: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added Builder History per Donna Leeds
  • August 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Noted that bridge is only open to private traffic
  • August 23, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • December 25, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added category "Raystown Branch Juniata River"



Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted December 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to agree.Amazing that this man created this bridge with no engineering trainig from a school or college.

Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Amazing! Thanks for sharing Donna.

Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted December 29, 2016, by Donna Leeds (Brassy2361 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A little history: Bridge was built in 1963 by Howard Schetrompf. There was no company involved building this, He and his family lived and still do live on this property. He was not technically an engineer but worked for Pennsylvania Turnpike I think.. He was a mechanical genius, expert welder and self-taught engineer. Even more amazing was that he lost his hand in a farming accident years before, so wore a hook on his arm. Yet he still did almost all of the work himself on this bridge with one hand. And from what his brother says, had no official plans, just scraps of paper scribbled here and there. I would REALLY liked to have known him!

Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted August 20, 2016, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

With the bridge now clearly shown as private, it would be great if the owner or representative would provide information as to the age, builder, and any history. It's clearly non-standard, probably not built by a company that usually builds bridges. Knowing who designed and built the bridge would add to the body of engineering history.

Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted August 20, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Me. Leeds:

This website attempts to provide an inventory and a visual record of historic bridges nationwide. Many of the bridges listed here are private. Others are public, but may be surrounded by, or lead to, private property.

The contributors of this website discourage trespassing. At the same time, we welcome opportunities to work with private owners to help them maintain and learn more about their bridges.

Everett Swinging Bridge
Posted August 20, 2016, by Donna Leeds (Brassy2361 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You may want to update this listing stating that it is indeed absolutely NOT open to any traffic and is a private bridge. It is owned by the Schetrompf family. If anyone decides to take a little joy ride or walk across this bridge you WILL be trespassing. They have been having a lot of problems with idiots creeping around on their land and this listing does not help matters.