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Fisher's Bridge

Photo 

Circa 1913

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BH Photo #376744

Map 

Description 

Lost Covered Bridge per George Oakley Research

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Manatawny Creek on Blacksmith Road
Location
Amityville, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1854
Design
Through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 140.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.30704, -75.72369   (decimal degrees)
40°18'25" N, 75°43'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/438503/4462087 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boyertown
Inventory number
BH 74932 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 24, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 27, 2016: Added by Dana and Kay Klein(George Oakley Research)

Comments 

Fisher's Bridge
Posted November 27, 2019, by George A Oakley (Georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I just read an article about this bridge in todays local paper.When a new bridge was built over Manatawny Creek in Amity Township last year,the contractor removed a steel plate from the old bridge that read "Fisher's Bridge:1958".The designation confused Kevin Keifrider,an Amity Township supervisor,who says the bridge is commonly known as Weidner's Mill Bridge.This raises the question of where the name Fisher's Bridge came from.Fred J. Moll,an authority on covered bridges in Berks County,did a little digging and uncovered several newspaper articles from the late 1950's that refer to the bridge as Fisher's Bridge or Fisher's Mill Bridge.It is presumed the name Fisher came from a nearby mill that was called Fisher's Mill and perhaps later called Weidner's Mill.George M. and Gloria Jean Meisner's "The Passing Scene" says Fisher's Bridge was built in 1854 "near an old mill site",suggesting there might have been a Fisher's Mill.The website millpictures.com says One Sand Mill was on the site in 1800 and unfortunately burned in 1855.Mahlon Weidner built a stone/brick mill on the site in 1855,accounting for the origin of the name Weidner's Mill Bridge.Charles Miller,president of the Amity Heritage Society shed some light on the Fisher connection.A Fisher family once owned property near the bridge but was not certain if the family owned a mill or a nearby farm.On Oct. 30,1957 as the bridge was being dismantled to make way for a concrete bridge,tragedy struck the 103-year-old,16-foot-wide,129-foot-long wooden span on Blacksmith Road when it collapsed,killing one worker and injuring another.At the time the bridge was labeled unsafe and had a 3 ton restriction on it.