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Burkholder Covered Bridge 38-56-01


Photo taken by Brian McKee in May 2009


BH Photo #139979


Burr arch-truss bridge over Buffalo Creek on T548, Burkholder Bridge Road
Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Open to traffic
Built 1870; rehabilitated 1990
Timber Burr Truss w steel beams under the deck
Length of largest span: 46.9 ft.
Total length: 51.8 ft.
Deck width: 10.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 8.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1980
Also called
Beechdale Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.88625, -79.02955   (decimal degrees)
39°53'10" N, 79°01'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/668481/4416990 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80003628 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
PA 55 7204 0548 3015 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 31839 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
WGCB 38-56-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 42544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,363)
Bridgemapper.com (1,325)
Built 1870 (159)
Built during 1870s (1,264)
Burr arch-truss (426)
Covered (1,942)
Functionally obsolete (5,826)
NR-listed (3,013)
Open (40,968)
Owned by county (21,607)
Pennsylvania (5,774)
Somerset County, Pennsylvania (125)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,218)
Through truss (16,764)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,570)
Truss (35,440)
Wooden deck (6,160)

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 16, 2009: Updated by Robert Stephenson: NRHP info
  • May 9, 2009: Added by Brian McKee



Burkholder Covered Bridge 38-56-01
Posted February 6, 2017, by David Witoslawski (dwitos079 [at] gmail [dot] com)

You are talking about the Stoystown Covered Bridge. They look very similar though, so you were on the right track. This one is located not too far from the Maryland border.

Burkholder Covered Bridge
Posted August 13, 2012, by Karen Pollock Hamilton (kphvb7 [at] cox [dot] net)

It is believed this bridge was visited today; just want to make sure. Is this located in Stoystown PA just off Lambertsville Road near Shanksville PA Flight 93 location? I think the road sign said Covered Bridge Road. It is located right behind what I thought looked like the red barn pictured in the Flight 93 initial crash images taken by a local homeowner in the area. Our father is originally from Somerset PA and we have family still residing in the area. Myself and sister(s) are from Virginia Beach VA and plan to visit as many covered bridges in Somerset County. Whether this is the actual bridge visited today is beside the point as we found such joy in the experience and plan to "hunt down" as many as possible in the future. Thank you for maintaining the bridges and this website!