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Herr's Mill Covered Bridge 38-36-21

Photos 

38 36 21 herrs mill side1

Photo taken by Jack Schmidt June 2, 2006

BH Photo #273372

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Incorporated into commercial Mill Bridge Village ca. 1970, now part of Mill Bridge Village Camp Resort, the bridge has had end doors for years. At one point used as a museum, now reportedly used to house horse buggies garage-style. http://www.millbridge.com/attractions.cfm

Bridge has been seriously neglected in recent years, with flood damage in 2007 and a sagging span and threat of collapse, and a recent arson blaze (quickly extinguished). Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust placed bridge on its list of "Most Endangered" for 2015 (see linked article).

Facts 

Overview
Burr arch-truss covered bridge over Pequea Creek off S. Ronks Road
Location
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Status
Closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Bridge has reportedly been offered for sale
History
Built 1844; bypassed 1971
Builders
- Joseph Elliott
- Robert Russell
Design
Two-span Burr arch
Dimensions
Total length: 178.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1989
Also called
Soudersburg Bridge
Mill Bridge Village Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.00957, -76.16205   (decimal degrees)
40°00'34" N, 76°09'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/400820/4429465 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Leola
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80003537 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 36-36-21 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 48920 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2017: Merged duplicate pages
  • July 30, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • September 2, 2015: New photos from John Loxton
  • January 13, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: corrected bypass date, added nomination to Endangered List and link to article
  • September 15, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • September 10, 2014: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 7, 2014: Added by Jack Schmidt
  • March 4, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info & imported photos
  • May 18, 2012: New Street View added by Jodi Christman
  • June 14, 2011: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

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Comments 

Herr's Mill Covered Bridge 38-36-21
Posted September 11, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Patrick... that's hilarious I didn't think about that barn-like aspect!

By the way, your hobby of bicycling to bridges is quite interesting... particularly since my own website started that way. Round trips of 100-200 miles were common as I photographed the bridges of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. I got a lot of bridges this way since I lived in Port Huron and then moved to Kalamazoo during the time I was doing this. Sadly I am so busy these days I lack the time to do such long bike trips. I do miss it sometimes. http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/bighill/pict1116.jpg

Herr's Mill Covered Bridge 38-36-21
Posted September 10, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I always thought covered bridges looked like barns over water, but wow, this one has even got the barn doors!