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Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1


Stover Park Road Bridge -- November 8, 2009

Downstrem side view

Photo taken by Raymond Klein


BH Photo #151350



Boxed Howe Pony Truss bridge over Tohickon Creek on Stover Park Road in Ralph Stover State Park
Ralph Stover State Park, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles, foot and pedal traffic
HAER says built 1860s; rehabilitated 1993. One of seven of this type in 2005 per HAER See also Meeting House Bridge in Maine
Boxed Howe Pony Truss.
Detailed description available in Historical American Engineering Record under Mean's Ford Bridge.
Length of largest span: 88.8 ft.
Total length: 178.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.5 ft.
Also called
Burnt Mill Bridge
Stover Park Road Bridge
Ralph Stover State Park Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43489, -75.09719   (decimal degrees)
40°26'06" N, 75°05'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/491756/4476031 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
PA 09 1009 0030 0000 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 43826 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2010: Updated by Bill Stephens: Updated what type of traffic can actually pass, fixed typo.
  • January 2, 2010: Updated by Raymond Klein: Added informatiopn from Historical American Engineering Reocrd - Mean's Ford Bridge - including Boxed Howe Pony Truss
  • January 1, 2010: Updated by James Baughn: Fixed location
  • January 1, 2010: Updated by Raymond Klein: Inportd from NBI. Plumstead Townsip added to Name, City.USGS Doylestown added. Map is way off the mark Added two photos


  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • HAER PA-623 - Mean's Ford Bridge, Spanning Tohickon Creek at Stump Road, Ralph Stove, Point Pleasant, Bucks County, PA


Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1
Posted June 13, 2020, by John Hilton (Wjhilton79 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge ever open to regular vehicle traffic? I cannot find anything other than that it CURRENTLY is only open to pedestrians. I swear I have driven over that before but I maybe Iím wrong.

Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1
Posted February 5, 2015, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Great news! Good luck!


Art S.

Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1
Posted February 5, 2015, by Rick Dalton (rdalton [at] pa [dot] gov)

I came accross this page while doing a little research on the bridge. We are replacing the deck on the bridge not removing it. Hope this helps.

Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1
Posted December 26, 2014, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Flooring replacement was let in September.

Have they taken the Boarding off of the inside faces of the Trusses? Photos of the Truss framing and the Angle Blocks would be of interest.

Mean's Ford Bridge 38-09-P1
Posted December 26, 2014, by David Stein (davidstein [at] nationalautostores [dot] com)

Christmas Day 2014 I was taking my usual long walk, which includes walking over the Means Ford Bridge. Much to my surprise and disappointment they have begun to dismantle the bridge. Is this going to become another casualty of budget cuts or do they plan on rebuilding the bridge? What is going on?