Rishel Covered Bridge 38-49-05
Photo taken by Jack Schmidt
BH Photo #108695
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.
- Covered bridge over Chillisquaque Creek on Covered Bridge Road
- Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
- Open to traffic
- Built 1830
- - John Shriner Jr.
- Zacheus Braley
- Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 90.9 ft.
Total length: 121.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft.
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:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
- 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
- May 21, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
- 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