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Johnson's Mill Covered Bridge 38-36-35x



The covered bridge is a typical example of the burr arch-truss heavy timber covered bridge for short and medium spans. The type was common in Pennsylvania during the 19th century. This particular bridge was built in 1866 by Elias McClellen. The 64' span carries an unmarked county road across Little Chickie's Creek in Rapho and Hempfield Townships. The bridge is in an excellent state of preservation. This was one of McClellen's earliest bridges he constructed many similar to this between 1864-96...

-- Historic American Buildings Survey


Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Chiques Creek on Marietta Avenue
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Destroyed by hurricane
Built 1854; Reconstructed 1867; Destroyed by Hurricane Agnes June 22, 1972
- Elias McMellen (reconstruction)
- William Dietrich (original builder)
Burr arch-truss
Total length: 64.0 ft.
Also called
Henry Musselman's Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.06306, -76.51546   (decimal degrees)
40°03'47" N, 76°30'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/370756/4435856 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Columbia West
Inventory numbers
WGCB 38-36-35x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 65578 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler
  • January 20, 2015: Updated by Will Truax: Corrected HABS based error in builders name
  • January 18, 2015: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • books.google.com - Bottom photo is of bridge
  • HABS PA-1173 - Johnson's Mill Bridge, Chickie's Creek (East Donegal-Rapho Township), Chickies, Lancaster County, PA
  • Will Truax - Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com