History appears to us in lots of ways, and often then goes away unless it’s recorded and remembered. Years ago there were more covered bridges around PA, but one still exists on a back road near here, near the little village of Newburg, Pa. According to the PA tourism website, this bridge was built in 1870. I took these pictures on my way to a bent and dent store I shop at a lot.
Bridges were originally made of wood and one purpose of building covered bridges was to protect the wooden structure of the bridge itself. Later in the 1800’s, more bridges were beginning to be made of metal, and didn’t need the protection, since the metal would last far longer than wood.
A website about Pennsylvania covered bridges, http://pacoveredbridges.com/cumberland-county/ says this covered bridge is one of only two left in Cumberland County, Pa. Much more information about these wonderful pieces of history can be found on that website.