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Rishel Covered Bridge 38-49-05

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108695

Map 

Description 

At one point alleged to have been built 1812 by James Moore II, father of the founder of nearby Bucknell University, which at the time would have made it the nation's oldest covered bridge, and it was promoted as such on postcards and tourist brochures. Later research in the 1980s proved it to have been built in 1830 instead.

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Chillisquaque Creek on Covered Bridge Road
Location
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1830
Builders
- John Shriner Jr.
- Zacheus Braley
Design
Covered Burr arch-truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 1979
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96017, -76.81567   (decimal degrees)
40°57'37" N, 76°48'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/347204/4535922 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northumberland
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
100
Inventory numbers
NRHP 79002310 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
WGCB 38-49-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
PA 49 7203 0573 0002 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 29329 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31471 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of February 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 30.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 19, 2018: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: History detail added
  • March 6, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added builder, link & imported photos
  • January 23, 2012: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: added NBI data and alternate name
  • March 5, 2007: Posted photo from Jack Schmidt

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