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October - November - December - Fall 2004
National Society for the preservation of Covered Bridges
David W. Wright, President|
P.O. Box 171
Westminster, VT 05158
Mrs. Christine Ellsworth|
44 Cleveland Ave.
Worcester, MA 01603
Carmela Sciandra, Newsletter Ed.|
P.O. Box 398026
Cambridge, MA 02139
Send dues to: |
382 S. Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Richard Roy, Historian|
73 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104-4906
KC Klingensmith, Newsletter Ed.|
P.O. Box 425193
Cambridge, MA 02142
David Topham, Treasurer, Nov thru April only: 11707 Oakmont Ct., Fort Myers, FL
May thru Oct: 45 Village Way No. 50, Rockport, ME 04856-3805, 207-596-7472
MEETINGS and EVENTS for 2004
October 17th NSPCB Annual Meeting at the French King Restaurant in
Millers Falls, MA. See last page of newsletter for dinner reservation coupon and more
The next newsletter is scheduled for January 2005. Therefore, anyone wishing to submit any
photos, articles, etc. should submit them to Carmela or KC by December 20, 2004. Any
newspaper or magazine articles must include source information and details (such as name of
publication, date, etc.). Electronic submissions are preferred. THANK YOU!
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A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow Members, Greetings:
It is hard to believe, but it is again Fall. As I have remarked before, that is to say in several
previous President's Messages, the older I get, the faster time seems to fly. The latter observation
is hardly original with me, obviously; it is probably a part at least of what lies behind the old
maxim, Tempus Fugit, time flies. Be that as it may, one thing is surely good about the arrival of
autumn; namely, the fact that many of us shall soon be gathering for the Annual Meeting of the
The Annual Meeting of the National Society this year, as in many years past, will once again
held at the French King Restaurant.
Information as to how to get to the restaurant in question, and the cost of a meal there, et
is to be found elsewhere in the present Newsletter.
The speaker for the occasion will be David C. Fischetti, P.E., of Cary, North Carolina.
Amongst many other things, David Fischetti is the engineer who did a rather exceptional analysis
of the Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge, an analysis financed by our Society. As a result of this
analysis, the precise nature and amplitude of the forces active within the trusses and upper and
lower lateral bracing systems of the. Bath-Haverhill span under various loading conditions are
now known. Knowledge of that sort is of course of paramount importance when one is attempting
to work out an appropriate restoration scheme for a structure of such singular significance as the
Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge. In any case, at our Annual Meeting, David Fischetti will be
talking about the various problems he regularly encounters during the course of his work
overseeing the restoration of historic buildings and historic Covered Wooden Bridges.
In the hope, then, that I shall be greeting many of you at next month's Annual Meeting --
remember, this meeting is scheduled for the THIRD Sunday of October, the 17th in other words -
- please be assured that I remain,
Yours most sincerely,
David W. Wright,
President, the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Incorporated.
GET WELL SOON DICK!! One of the NSPCB Vice Presidents, Dick Roy has been
ill. Fortunately he was only briefly hospitalized and is on the road to recovery. Dick and his wife
June wish to thank everyone for all of the cards and get well wishes he has received.
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The Pomeroy-Academia Covered Bridge in Juniata County,
by Audrey Sizelove
The Pomeroy-Academia Bridge, built in 1902 by James N. Groninger, is a one-lane bridge
with a double span, having an overall length of approximately 278 feet [portal to portal], and an
overall width of almost 18 feet. The design was based on plans of Theodore Burr [1771-1822]
who was the preeminent bridge architect and builder of his time. Burr developed an arch and truss
design that was patented in 1804 that came to be known as the Burr truss.
This bridge has the distinction of being the longest remaining covered bridge in Pennsylvania
and is listed on both the Pennsylvania Register of Historic Sites and Landmarks and the National
Register of Historic Places.
In the summer of 1962 the bridge was still in use in the Pennsylvania Highway system but was
slated for destruction after a new bridge crossing the Tuscarora Creek was completed. The
Juniata County Historical Society stepped in and voted to assume responsibility for the bridge
with the goal of having it restored. The contractor, not knowing of their plans began, at the end of
August, to take the bridge down. The Historical Society acted quickly, with the help of the
County Commissioners, and was able to get the work stopped for two days, enough time for the
Society to deliver a signed statement to the Commissioners declaring their intentions to assume
responsibility for the covered bridge.
This year the bridge marks 102 years of existence. Except for some general repairs on the
roof and siding, repairs after weather damage, the re-pointing of the stone piers and the collars
placed around the headwalls and the piers to stop water erosion, no other work has been
completed. The fact that it is still standing after 102 years is a credit to the quality of Burr's design
and the workmanship of the laborers who built it.
Viewed from afar, the bridge is picturesque though dilapidated and obviously in need of
repairs. However, up close, if one looks carefully it is obvious that time and insects have ravaged
it. The bridge has suffered extensive damage from termites and carpenter bees as well as general
deterioration. Our engineers tell us that if we don't do major restoration work on the bridge now,
sometime within the decade, its going to collapse into the Tuscarora Creek.
The engineering firm of P. Joseph Lehman of Holidaysburg, PA who have performed similar
restoration work on some 10 historic covered bridges in P A has estimated the cost of restoration
to be $1.4 million. The project will involve-disassembling, replacing all deteriorated members and
reassembling the bridge. Restoration work will also be completed on the abutments and piers and
concrete collars will be put in place to prevent further water erosion. A small pedestrian park will
be placed on the Beale Township side of the Tuscarora Creek with benches and historical markers
explaining the history of the Bridge and the nearby Beer's Mill.
In 2002 and 2003 the Historical Society's applied to the Federal Highway Administration's
Covered Bridge Restoration Fund without success. Applications have also been made for TEA
Enhancement funds at the local and state levels. In November of 2003, we received a Keystone
Preservation Grant of $70,000 from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
To better position the bridge for future grant money the board of the society recently agreed
to fund all pre-construction work estimated to be $175,000. The Historical Society has raised
over $40,000 and can use 25% of the Keystone preservation grant for this purpose, thus allowing
$57,500 to be utilized for the pre-construction surveys and permit work that must be completed.
We are actively encouraging our state and federal elected officials to assist us with raising the pre-
construction funds. Currently there is no Federal Transportation Bill in place but we are hopeful
that Congress will pass a new bill sometime in 2005 that would have Covered Bridge Restoration
For any further information on the Pomeroy-Academia Bridge contact the Juniata County
Historical Society at 717-436-5152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have
a web page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~pajchs/. Click on Historic Places to see other
pictures of the bridge.
|Pleasantville Covered Bridge (38-06-01) has reopened
after repairs. Dedication was June 12, 2004. Photo by P.
Spanning New York State
Covered Bridge News
By Bob and Trish Kane
Jay Covered Bridge - NY 32-16-01 -- Jim Ligon, Project Superintendent for Alpine
Construction, LLC., reports some exciting news regarding the Jay Covered Bridge. As you can
see by the photos, the bridge is looking very attractive these days. The roof has been completely
covered with a rubber membrane, but the finished roof will be a lightweight aluminum shingle
which is supposed to look like cedar shakes. The interior of the bridge has been treated with a fire
retardant and bug spray to prevent insect infestation. The fire alarm system has recently been
installed and stain applied to the siding. To obtain up-to-date information on the continued
rehabilitation progress, be sure to visit: http://members.localnet.com/~jligon/Alpine/Jay
|September 2000 - Photo by Trish Kane
September 2004 - Photo by Jim Ligon
Salisbury Center Covered Bridge - NY 32-22-01 -- The rehabilitation work on the
Salisbury Center Covered Bridge was completed in mid August. With $153,000 in federal funds
the town was able to replace the structure's horizontal, diagonal and vertical beams and remove
the deck to install stronger beams as well as I-beams to better accommodate vehicular traffic. The
bridge also has a new steel sheathing roof. During the rehabilitation process they were also able
to remove the sag in the floor which makes for seven to eight inches additional clearance. The
bridge looks fantastic and was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places on
June 19, 1972. Special thanks to everyone involved in the rehabilitation of yet another of New
York's historic landmarks.
Buskirk Covered Bridge - NY 32-42-02/58-04 -- The siding and roof are still absent
from the Buskirk bridge and the top chords are being supported by scaffolding. These top chords
will remain with some minor replacements. The new bottom chords are now in place. There has
been a slight delay in the completion of the rehabilitation of this bridge. Upon closer inspection
the iron rods between the top and bottom chords were found to be significantly deteriorated
where they were hidden. More rods have to be replaced than originally thought and they are
awaiting the delivery of these rods. Due to the delay, the reopening date is now scheduled for mid
January. The construction company, Alpine Construction of Stillwater, NY is doing a fantastic job
with this bridge. Thanks to Willy Grimmke, Superintendent of Public Works for Washington
County for this update.
Here are two additional websites you can bookmark under your favorites:
Outside New York: It is always exciting to see articles or events promoting
our covered bridges. In the Travel section of the September 10th issue of USA Today
there was a great article titled 10 Great Places to Cross That Covered Bridge.
The 10 bridges mentioned were: Zumbrota in Minnesota, Bridgeton in Indiana, Philippi in West
Virginia, Hogback in Iowa, Jordan in Oregon, Elizabethton in Tennessee, Oregon Creek in
California, Langley in Michigan, Sunday River/Artist in Maine, and the Rexleigh in New
|Watson Settlement Bridge. Photo by Kim
Maine -- Watson Settlement CB -- ME-19-02-01 This bridge is currently
undergoing some repairs. Kim McKee from Hagerstown, Maryland shares this July 2004 photo
of the work to date. This bridge, built in 1911, is the farthest north and the youngest of Maine's
original covered bridges. It has a Howe design and has two spans with a total length of 170 feet.
In 1984 the bridge was closed to traffic when a new bridge was built.Update on Covered Spans of Yesteryear
by Bill Caswell, Webmaster for CSOY Project
When the Covered Spans of Yesteryear project was
publicly announced, the information available included little more than data from the various
editions of the World Guide. Since that time significant amounts of information have been added
from New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, and most recently, Indiana. Pictures of many of the
New Hampshire bridges have been added as well as ones from Virginia and Rutland County,
Vermont. This information was provided by people who have been researching these regions for
many years. Although many more details can be added, the information currently available is a
good representation of the bridges known to exist in these areas. Currently, lists of bridges from
Maine, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania are in various stages of completion. This process
includes adding the data to the database, proofreading it, and then distributing the list to people
with extensive knowledge of the particular area for review and comment.
Information from many other states & provinces is
still needed. For example, early editions of Topics mention 125 bridges in
Georgia while only half of those have been documented so far. A similar situation exists in New
Brunswick where we are aware of less than half of the suggested 300 bridges. They also mention
50 bridges in Virginia while we only have details regarding 11. If you have additional information
about these three regions, please send it along. Although complete details of each structure is the
ultimate goal, we realize that is rarely possible. Any details will be greatly appreciated.
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The 50th Anniversary 'Weekend|
June 4 & 5, 2004
By Pauline & Don Prideaux
|Richard Donovan standing in front of the Theodore
Burr House (now the Oxford Public Library) in Oxford, NY. Photo by Trish
Richard T. Donovan, Jr. Obituary: Richard T. Donovan, Jr. passed through the
portal on August l5, 2004 after battling cancer for well over a year. He was a Charter Member of
the New York Covered Bridge Society and also belonged to many other covered bridge
organizations. He was the 3rd Vice President of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society and
was editor of the 1980 edition of the World Guide to Covered Bridges. He was a covered bridge
Enthusiast for over half a century. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Dansville, NY
on August 18, 2004. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Vincent
House, 310 Second Ave., Wayland, NY 14572. Vincent House was very helpful and loving in
caring for Richard in his final months. To quote Tom Walczak in the email he sent to tell of
Richard's passing, "It certainly goes without saying that the covered bridge world has lost a great
friend with the passing of Richard. His passion and enthusiasm have affected all who knew him
and he will be deeply missed." Well said, Tom.
Reprinted with permission nom the New York State Covered Bridge Society
Newsletter: Volume 38, Issue 3, September 2004.
The Philadelphia Inquirer June 23 2004, Blaze Reduces 1874 Bridge to its Steel
Support Beams. Repairs to Mood's Covered Bridge (38-09-07), which had been closed since
January after a truck broke 8 of its 12 roof supports, had already been scheduled to begin when
fire engulfed the bridge. It was one of 13 covered bridges left in Bucks County.
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA June 23, 2004. Blaze Leaves Covered Bridge in
Ruins. Arson is believed to be the cause of the early morning fire which destroyed the
covered portion of the Mood's Covered Bridge. The steel beams and wooden deck had only
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2, 2004, Repairs to Burned Bridge to be Complete
by Labor Day. The deck of the burned Mood's Covered Bridge will be repaired, cleaned and
paved with asphalt so that the bridge can reopen by Labor Day. Guide rails will be installed along
the sides of the bridge. PennDot and the township are still considering whether to rebuild the
covered part of the span.
Coos County Democrat, Lancaster, NH, July 21, 2004, Covered Bridge
Restoration Project Moving Forward. Work to begin in the Fall on the Mechanic Street
Covered Bridge will include everything from a new coat of paint, a new metal roof, new
guardrails, replacement of 72 deck planks, installation of a toe wall along the abutments and wing
walls and repairing damaged and rotted truss members.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2004, Preserving Spans of Yesteryear.
Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges in the country and various organizations are
researching ways to try to protect them against damage.
Bucks County Courier Times, August 10, 2004, Mood's Bridge Expected to
Reopen Today. The Pennsylvania DOT laid asphalt over the bridge's deck and erected guide
rails to restore traffic flow. This quick fix is expected to last 8-10 years and give the township
time to decide to rebuild the covered bridge or erect a modem two span over the East Branch of
the Perkiomen Creek.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2004, Six Men are Charged with Burning
a Bridge. Six college students, 20 to 21 years of age, all from the Perkasie area, admitted
their guilt when charged with setting fire to the Mood's Covered Bridge. The six could face a
maximum 20 years in prison.
From New Brunswick, Canada: A new $1.6 million bridge to replace the Baker Brook
River covered bridge on Joseph Morneault Road, near Baker Brook will be opened to traffic by
the end of October of this year, Transportation Minister Paul Robichaud announced. The existing
covered bridge has been relocated downstream and will be kept as a tourist attraction. It made
way for the new, single-pane, pre-stressed concrete beam bridge.
Fire in Knecht's Covered Bridge: Located just outside of the village of Pleasant Valley in
Bucks County, P A. The Evans report that one of the secondary bottom chords had been burned
completely through, another chord had been burned about one-third, and the two adjacent
diagonals of the Town truss have been partially charred. Obviously, the bridge has been closed.
Work on the new Cedar Bridge at Winterset, Iowa is progressing nicely. It will be dedicated
during the Covered Bridge Festival the second weekend in October.
CONTRIBUTORS: P. Tabor, Ray Johnson, Carmela Sciandra, George Conn,
Eysenbach, Gerald Arbour, Ben and June Evans, Pauline Prideaux.
50th ANNIVERSARY ITEMS
We are very happy to have to offer this year a couple of items in commemoration of the 50th
Anniversary of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.
Tote Bag - Has the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges
emblem in dark blue on front pocket measuring 12 1 /2" by 15 1 /2" with a top snap and 20"
handle straps. Available for $15 including shipping
Ornament -Also has the Society emblem. It's a 3" round glass maroon ornament with
the emblem in gold. Available for $7 including shipping
Pens -Pens have "I love Covered Bridges - N.S.P.C.B." written on them. Available
for $1.25 including shipping.
You may want to have them all. One of each tote, ornament and pen will be available for $20
including shipping. They are great gifts for family, friends and other bridgers. We have a limited
supply, so please order yours today.
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS TO N.S.P.C.B. INC and mail
382 S. Main St.
Andover, MA 01810l
Covered Bridge Manual Availableby Dennis
NOTICE: At long last - the Covered Bridge Manual will soon be in print and available
free. Phil Pierce, Consulting Engineer and covered bridge specialist, and his team, have completed
preparation of the new manual for the Federal Highway Administration. With major focus on the
engineering and construction of covered bridges, it also includes diverse information and should
a good reference for anyone interested in covered bridges. To request your free copy, write to
O'Fallon at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, FHWA, 6300 Georgetown Pike,
VA 22101 or send an email to John.O'Fallon@fhwa.dot.gov
For those of you who previously sent a note to Phil expressing interest in the manual, he has
forwarded names and addresses to Mr. O'Fallon. You are urged to contact Mr. O'Fallon to
confirm your contact information.
|New Covered Bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in
Littleton, NH. This footbridge has a Warren Truss. Photo by C. Brock.
|Mood's Covered Bridge (38-09-07)., showing the East
Branch of the Perkiomen Creek and the steel beam resting on the modified abutments. Photo by
Eysenbach, July 31, 2004.
Pleasantville Covered Bridge Restoration" -- New
A new publication that contains 20 pages, 41 photos, a glossary, a history of the bridge, and a
step by step description of how the bridge was restored. The restoration, including taking the
bridge apart, rebuilding the bridge, and placing it back over the creek took nearly two years.
Available through the mail for $12.00 from Fred J. Moll, 714 Forest St., Fleetwood, PA 19522
"Pennsyvania's Covered Bridges-Our Heritage" -- New
A look at many of Pennsylvania's past historic bridges as well as some present bridges through
125 photographs, 14 of them in color, and a chart of over 1,500 covered bridges that once
spanned the waters of Pennsylvania. Soft cover, 144 pages, available through the mail for $25.00,
or order both books for $30.00. (See other book above.) Fred J. Moll, 714 Forest St., Fleetwood,
The following are items still available through the Society: All of the items below are available
from June Roy, 73 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4906 or E-mail
The Book, Life in the Slow Lane is still available for $16.95 + $3.95
Shipping and Handling.
Society Arm Patch with N.S.P.C.B. logo 3" arm patch available for $1.75 + 55 cents
Books Available by Andrew Howard:
CB's of Madison County IA, A Guide . . . . . .$6.50
CBs of Connecticut, A Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.50
CB's of Virginia, A Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.95
CB's of Bennington County VT, A Guide . . . $6.50
CB's of Massachusetts, A Guide . . . . . . . . . .$7.00
There is a $2.00 postage and handling charge for each book.
Covered Bridge Polo Shirts with N.S.P.C.B. Logo.
For a white Polo Shirt with a blue NSPCB logo, send $15.00 plus $3.95 for shipping and
to June Roy, 73 Ash Street, Manchester NH 03104-4906. Specify, Medium or
Extra Large. This is a fund raiser for the preservation fund. Buy several as gifts
for your family and friends. Shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton.
Other available books from the Society Store
Covered Bridges of Vermont by Ed Barna. This is a book depicting all the covered bridges in
Vermont in the year 1996. Postpaid $17.00 (From June Roy)|
New Hampshire Covered Bridges, "A Link With Our Past," by Richard Marshall, color photos by
Arthur Round. Excellent book on NH bridges. $20.00 plus $3.95 shipping and handling. Proceeds
to Eastman Fund.|
There is also an excellent book out on Vermont Covered Bridges called, "Spanning Time --
Vermont's Covered Bridges." You can get a copy by contacting Joseph Nelson, 2 Sugar Hill
Road, Underhill VT 05489 or or visit www.vermontbridges.com. Joseph Nelson
is the President of the Vermont Society.
WORLD GUIDE or INDEX TO COVERED BRIDGE TOPICS
Both are now available on computer diskette in either Mac or PC format. Please specify your
choice. It is in a compressed format to fit on a PC computer disc. You must have Zip Software to
decompress it. If you do not have the Zip software, Joe will send you a copy. The TOPICS
index includes: Table of Contents for each issue, an index to subjects and authors, as well as
more. The World Guide is kept up-to-date and in the regular format. Order your choice at
$5.00 each from Joseph Cohen, 130 Westfield Drive, Holliston, MA 01746 from mid-April until
mid-September. The rest of the year he can be reached at 210 Wellington F, West Palm Beach,
NSPCB ANNUAL DINNER|
Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 12:00 noon
This is the Annual Meeting and is being held on October 17th at the French King Restaurant
on Route 2 in Millers Falls, MA. See dinner reservations and application below.
The French King Restaurant is located at the east end of the French King Bridge. The well
known landmark carries Massachusetts Route 2 over the Connecticut River near Millers Falls, at a
very picturesque spot. The dinner will be served at 12:00 noon and meeting will follow at 1 :00
David C. Fischetti will be our speaker this year.
Cut off here or reproduce and send along with your check or money order.
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Dinner Reservation coupon for October 17,2004 annual meeting. To be returned with
payment as designated below. Please return no later than October 10.2004.
_______ Whole Boneless Breast of Chicken with stuffing and gravy
. . $18.95
_______Yankee Pot Roast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$18.95
_______ Baked Haddock au Gratin. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $18.95
_______ Fisherman Casserole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
Carmela Sciandra, P.O. Box 398026, Cambridge, MA 02139
Make checks payable to N.S.P.C.B. Inc.
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