“Bucks County’s Lost Covered Bridges”
Local author and historian Scott Bomboy developed a project with Mercer Museum to produce the first complete digital history of Bucks County’s covered bridges. At one time, 51 such bridges existed, including 11 that spanned the Delaware River. Today, only 12 remain in Bucks County.
Using primary source records at the Mercer Museum, archives from the Bucks County Commissioners’ office and information from the Bucks County Covered Bridge society and the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, the Bucks Bridges project (at https://www.bucksbridges.com) contains more than 100 images related to these “lost” bridges never seen in public before. Stories told in the project include who got the idea to cover wooden timber bridges in America; the great floods that devastated the massive covered bridges over the Delaware River; why so many covered bridges were demolished between the world wars; and how Bucks County fought to save its remaining bridges after the 1958 South Perkasie bridge move that made national headlines.
Perkasie Farmers Market
We were asked to create an activity for children. From a single sheet of paper a 3D model of a covered bridge was designed for the children to color, cut, fold and staple. The little boys thought it was just the right size for their Matchbox cars. We also had original drawings of bridges to color.
June 23, 2018
Pine Valley Covered Bridge was illuminated to celebrate it’s 175th Birthday.
The historic covered bridge was built circa 1842, using the native hemlock and pine trees from the area adjacent to the bridge. At 81 fee, it crosses over Pine Run Creek. The Bucks County owned and maintained truss bridge is 15 feet wide and was built by David Sutton at a cost of 5,553.50. The Pine Valley Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Structure in December 1980.
June 30, 2018
On June 30, 2018 Bucks County Covered Bridge Society and The GoodTime Motivators teamed up to have a Covered Bridge Tour/ Car Show. It was a beautiful day. The participants registered at the Willard H. Markey Park on Ridge Road, Perkasie PA. Where they were given maps and directions to five of the Covered Bridges. They then motored through wooded, rural countryside, past old stone houses and barns.
The vehicles returned to the Park for a Car Show and an afternoon of fun, food and trophies.
The sight of these show cars driving through the bridges truly recalled a bygone era. In 1959 a caravan of 200 cars toured the Bucks County Covered Bridges in celebration of the moving of the Perkasie Bridge. It is interesting to imagine that one of these cars could have been in that motorcade.
We would like to thank the following businesses for their participation:
- A & N Diner, Sellersville, PA
- Black Cat Collective Tattoo and Piercing Perkasie PA
- Chiaros Pizzeria, Sellersville PA
- Clymer Restaurant, Tochickon Family Campgrounds
- Filling Station, Ridge Road Perkasie PA
- Oldetowne Tanning Salon, Perkasie, PA
- Penn Community Bank
- Pet Supplies Plus
- Quakertown National Bank
- Roy Ann Diner
- R & S Keystone diner, Telford PA
- Schmidt Paving, LLC
- Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
- Washington House Sellersville, PA