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Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge

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The Infinite Covered Bridge

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Description 

Lewisburg Bridge Co. (formed 1816) purchased by Pennsylvania RR for construction of joint road/rail bridge between Lewisburg and Montandon, completed 1868. Bridge replaced by steel truss bridge 1912.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Susquehanna River between Lewisburg and Montandon
Location
Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1865-68 as joint railroad/road bridge; 5 spans washed away June 1, 1889 and replaced; three spans destroyed in flood of May 21, 1894 and rebuilt; replaced 1912 with new railroad bridge
Builders
- H.L. Campbell (contractor, substructure)
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (contractor, superstructure)
- Lewisburg Bridge Co.
Railroad
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 1,289.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.96793, -76.87885   (decimal degrees)
40°58'05" N, 76°52'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/341905/4536896 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 71600 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2016: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Info on bridge from PRR corporate history imported
  • March 29, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added info from lostbridges
  • March 29, 2016: Added by ArtS

Sources 

  • Luke
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Comments 

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted May 17, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Sandy,

I don't think you are correct on this one. If you follow the route from the bridge into town, you can see a train.

Regards,

Art S.

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted May 17, 2016, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Correction:

The covered bridge seen in the postcard aerial view is the ROAD bridge, at the site of the present-day highway bridge.

The *railroad* covered bridge is seen only as a short section seen at the bottom right of that view. The railroad continues straight over later-day Fourth Street from that bridge.

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted April 1, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Barry,amazing you saw that.If you aren't looking you can't see it.

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted March 31, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Look at the bird's eye view of Lewisburg. To the left of the covered bridge on the Lewisburg (west) side of the river, you will see a thing that looks as if it is a very tall smokestack. That is the old water system standpipe to provide water pressure. The road bridge crossed immediately to the left of the standpipe from Market Street. This I presume is the truss listed as having been built in 1910 and replaced in 1987. There was no crossing here for about a year while the new bridge was being built.

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted March 31, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Art.Now people like me won't be confused when they look at these 2 bridges.

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 30, 2016, by Art Suckewer

George,

I corrected the marker location based on Sandy pointing out that it was the railroad bridge rather than the road bridge.

I don't know if the truss bridge that is presently was the direct replacement or if there was a bridge the existed between the two.

Regards,

Art S.

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted March 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Am i seeing things or is this bridge the same as the New Bridge-Lewisburg PA.?

Lewisburg Susquehanna River Covered Railroad Bridge
Posted March 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is this truss bridge i see on google maps the truss bridge that replaced the covered bridge?

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

They stand by their slogan, "delightfully tacky yet unrefined."

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Apparently you don't go to Hooters for the food... or the bridges!

I don't get it, wouldn't Hooters want a metal truss bridge (not covered)? I didn't think people went to Hooters to see things being covered up.

Art is this an indication that you would like to turn your truss bridges into covered bridges?

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Ben, love it!

Nathan, except for the bridges actually built by Burr (Aaron's cousin, btw). Those lasted longer than most iron bridges.

Regards to both,

Art S.

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

No, Art. This one is just for Nathan. Perfect timing, too. It's almost April 1st again. ;)

http://bridgehunter.com/al/houston/bh60571/

"The Nathan Holth Memorial Hooters Parking Lot Covered Bridge"

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art... Hey I actually like this bridge it represents its structure type nicely... like most of the big long covered bridges ever built in the USA its short, troubled service life demonstrates why iron and steel quickly became preferred for bridge construction. I wonder if the spans that were washed out were indeed replaced with iron/steel trusses?

Susquehanna River Bridge (Lewisburg) OLD
Posted March 29, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The infinite covered bridge, it just keeps going and going - must be fun with no windows.

Nathan, this one is just for you :^)

Regards,

Art S.