5 votes

Old-Biesecker Bridge


South Side

Daniel Hopkins, October 2011


BH Photo #217816


Street View 


Unusual concrete bridge with V-shaped crest. Its named Race Horse Bridge for the local bar (across the road from where it sits) which has sat in the spot since the 1960's. The length of the bridge is approximated. Bridge was built in 1908 based upon stone placard.


Concrete bridge over Little Conewago Creek on abandoned section of road.
East Berlin, York County, Pennsylvania
Open to pedestrians
Built 1908
Concrete curved chord through girder
Total length: 15.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Also called
Race Horse Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.94583, -76.86181   (decimal degrees)
39°56'45" N, 76°51'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/340946/4423404 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
West York
Inventory number
BH 49845 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 4, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed information as this is not a truss bridge
  • December 7, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated built date and descriptior
  • October 17, 2011: Added by Daniel Hopkins


  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 8, 2011, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

Well I will have to see if I can get closer to the bridge then to see the date on plate / impression.

Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

While the crossing may date to the 1880s, I would say the bridge seen today dates to between 1910 and 1920. It appears to be a concrete arch, and such a bridge would not have been built in the 1880s. The only exception would be if it were a stone arch that was later encased in concrete. However based on the unusual shape of the bridge this seems unlikely. A similar bridge dates to 1919 and is found here: http://www.bridgehunter.com/pa/york/667209063330320/

Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

Clark Vance The alternate name comes from the local bar, Nathan Holth your right after researching it yesterday I learned this bridge was built sometime between 1884 and 1885 on Biesecker road and was intended as a horse and buggy style crossing for hauling by local farmers. I can't find much more then a date and purpose however, so I used Google maps for length approximation. Jodi Christman your right....been looking around back home in Ohio to add bridges here that I know haven't been added.

Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 5, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like one of York County's really weird concrete arch bridges. But it should be newer than 1850.

Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 4, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nice hunting. How did you get the date and alternate name? I hope the owner is in when you go by again....

Old-Biesecker Bridge
Posted December 3, 2011, by Jodi Christman (masterofchaos [at] comcast [dot] net)

Awesome find Daniel! You gotta love when you stumble across a treasure like this.