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Quigleys Twin Bridges #1 (east)



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Quigleys Twin Bridges These two bridges are named after Robert Quigley who lived nearby in Hopewell Township. The bridges carried Route 641 which was a road commonly used to take folks from Carlisle to Fort Littleton, and crossed the Conodoguinet Creek and a millrace. A petition for the bridge occurred in April 1815 and the contract was awarded on 1816. Two mishaps occurred in the contracting with two separate contractors who were contracted to build a stone bridge. In September 1822 the commissioners then awarded Jacob Bishop to build two wooden bridges—one over the creek and a second over the millrace. The bridges were built and inspected on September 27, 1824.

EASTERN This bridge is known as #1 span bridge and is smaller in size because it crossed from the island over a narrow channel of water. Bishop’s original plan for the second bridge was to not cover it. Length 88’8”; Width 18’; Height 10’10” By 1834 it had to be rebuilt. Joseph Smith was given the job and he put a roof on the newer construction. In 1860 the bridge needed replaced again. This time the contract was given to John Gutshall. This bridge survived into the mid twentieth century.

SOURCE: Author Paul E. Gill "...Drive the Road and Bridge the Ford...": Highway Bridges of Nineteenth Century Cumberland County.


Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Conodoquinet Creek on 641 Grn Springs Rd
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by new bridge
Replaced 1948
- Jacob Bishop
Burr arch-truss
Total length: 88.7 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 1,010.0 ft.
Also called
Quigleys Bridge
Quigley's Twin Bridges
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.14410, -77.51536   (decimal degrees)
40°08'39" N, 77°30'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/285729/4446784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52127 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 17, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected length from 888' to 88'
  • April 21, 2012: Added by Jodi Christman