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Jackson's Mill Covered Bridge 38-05-25


View from intersection of Jacksons Mill & Covered Bridge Rds

Photo taken by Jodi Christman in November 29, 2012


BH Photo #244669


Both "Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges" states in their 2nd edition (Benjamin D. Evans & June R. Evans) and Bedford County Visitors Bureau state the build date as 1875, but NBI states 1889. In 1875 the bridge was comprised of spans of uncovered kingpost. After the Johnstown Flood of 1889, they restored the washed out bridge and added one covered span. It has the nickname of "grasshopper bridge" for this look of one covered span and two uncovered spans.

Reported as closed to traffic Dec. 2014 as per Facebook.


Covered Bridge over Brush Creek on T413,Covered Bridge Road
Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Open with a 5 ton limit
Built 1889; rehabilitated 1992
- A.D. Bottomfield
- Joe Pee
Burr arch-truss covered bridge with two uncovered Kingpost pony trusses
Length of largest span: 95.1 ft.
Total length: 149.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 10, 1980
Also called
Brush Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.97139, -78.27167   (decimal degrees)
39°58'17" N, 78°16'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/733002/4428146 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
PANBI 04480 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
NRHP 80003414 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 54576 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 34.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 26, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • January 22, 2015: HAER photo posted by Dave King
  • December 2, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Reported as closed to traffic
  • December 16, 2012: New photos from Jodi Christman
  • November 23, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and NR #, builders, span #,
  • November 22, 2012: Added by Jodi Christman


  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • HAER PA-352 - Jackson's Mill Covered Bridge, Spanning Brush Creek on Township Route 412, Breezewood, Bedford County, PA
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Jackson's Mill Covered Bridge 38-05-25
Posted September 27, 2015, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Which begs the question, why PennDoT (steel stringerize) it? Would that be that they go back to the same bag of trick, time and time again? When it lacks the clearance which might require such loading and has an approach span which can not equal it.

Joined Timber Ponys on public roads are all but gone, making the Grasshopper a bit of a rare bird.

Jackson's Mill Covered Bridge 38-05-25
Posted September 26, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I would assume that the weight limit is for the pony truss spans, considering the massive steel beams under the main span.

Jackson's Mill Covered Bridge 38-05-25
Posted September 26, 2015, by Jason E (admiralemery [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just crossed this bridge on 9-23-2015, the road and the bridge itself are open to walk/drive across with a 5 ton limit for cars.