Indiana County, Pa. offers scenic covered bridge tour

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Thomas Covered Bridge

Indiana County, Pa. is home to four covered bridges, that can be scene during a 36-mile trip driving tour. These bridges are among the most photographed structures in the county.

Trusal Covered Bridge through the autumn leaves.
Trusal Covered Bridge through the autumn leaves.

Each of the bridges was constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and all are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

Pennsylvania this week is celebrating “See Pennsylvania Covered Bridges Week,” which began May 8 and continues through Monday. There are 213 covered bridges remaining in the Commonwealth, according to The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania.

“Our remaining covered bridges play a rich part in the history and heritage of Pennsylvania,” said Joyce Soroka, spokesperson for the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania. “That’s why we think it is important to preserve these beautiful structures.”

Pennsylvania leads the nation in covered bridge history. The first covered bridge in the nation was built over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia in 1805. At one time over 1,500 covered bridges spanned the waterways of Pennsylvania including both the longest and the shortest covered bridges in the country.

Thomas Covered Bridge
Thomas Covered Bridge

HARMON BRIDGE

The Harmon Bridge was built in 1910 and named after Civil War veteran J.S. Harmson. It was built by John R. Carnahan, and is considered to be a companion bridge to Trusal Bridge on the south branch of Plum Creek.

KINTERSBURG BRIDGE

Named for Isaac Kinter, a local shopkeeper, Kintersburg Bridge was built in 1877. It is the only Howe truss bridge in Indiana County, and one of only five Howe truss bridges remianing in Pennsylvania.

Somewhat subdued colored leaves on the trees around the Kintersburg Covered Bridge.
Somewhat subdued colored leaves on the trees around the Kintersburg Covered Bridge.

THOMAS BRIDGE

Amos Thomas built the original Thomas Bridge in 1879, however the bridge was reconstructed in 1998. It is the only bridge still accessible to vehicles. The bridges crosses over Crooked Creek near Yarnick’s Farm Market.

TRUSAL BRIDGE

The oldest of Indiana County’s covered bridges, the Trusal Bridge was constructed in 1870. It’s the shortest of Indiana COunty’s bridges, and is named after Robert Trusal, a nearby property owner.

Information provided by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

 

Colorful scenic shot of the Harmon's covered bridge in Washington Township, Indiana County.
Harmon’s covered bridge in Washington Township, Indiana County.

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