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Otter Creek Bridge



FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a rural setting. At the south end is the Centennial Mill (1876), a rural grist mill that operated to 1940. Approximately 300' further south is a mid 19th century vernacular stone house. The mill, house, and bridge have been determined eligible by PHMC as a potential rural historic district.

The 54'-long, pin-connected Pratt steel pony truss bridge has been determined eligible by PHMC as a contributing resource to the Old Mill Orchard (Centennial Mill) rural historic district (DOE 12/8/93). The bridge, fabricated in 1902 by the York Bridge Co., is traditionally composed with built-up compression members and eye bar tension members. It has metal lattice railings and is supported on stone abutments. An open steel grid deck and W-beam guide railings are later additions. The built-up floorbeams have been underpinned with steel piles (ca. 1980). The bridge is a late example of its type/design that is not individually distinguished, but it is from the period of significance of the determined eligible rural historic district. It is contributing.


Pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on PA 2041
York County, Pennsylvania
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1902; rehabilitated ca. 1980
- York Bridge Co. of York, Pennsylvania
Pratt pony truss
Span length: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 54.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
Centennial Mill Bridge
Old Mill Orchard Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.89346, -76.40797   (decimal degrees)
39°53'36" N, 76°24'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/379627/4416881 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Safe Harbor
Inventory numbers
PA 66 2041 0080 1915 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
BH 31879 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2013: Updated by Jodi Christman: Looking at Google & Bing maps, this bridge has been bypassed & removed...sad.
  • December 3, 2011: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added GPS, builder and description