This guest column does not require any introduction, if you are a covered bridge fan. Covered bridges can be found throughout the US although in clusters and counties. The highest number of these popular historic structures can be found in the Midwest, New England states, the Rust Belt and in the Mid-Atlantic, like Pennsylvania, for example, which has one of the highest number of covered bridges in the country. Dozens of counties have at least four covered bridges worth visting, including this one in Lehigh County. Have a look at a sample that will get you (and your camera) in the car and heading out there. 🙂
Covered bridges originated in Germany and Switzerland and date back to the 13th century, German immigrants brought the covered bridge to America. At one time there were 12,000 covered bridges in the U.S. Most were built in the mid-19th century. There are more than 200 covered bridges that still exist in Pennsylvania, more than in any other state. Seven of those are in the Lehigh Valley. All but one are still used for vehicular traffic. Here’s a look at some of the Lehigh Valley’s historic covered bridges.
Bogert’s Bridge, Allentown
The longest of the Lehigh Valley’s covered bridges at 145 feet, Bogert’s Bridge was built in 1841. No longer open to vehicular traffic, it serves pedestrians as an entrance to a city park. The bridge, which crosses the Little Lehigh Creek, was named after a family who lived near the site. It was made entirely of wood.
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