Documenting North America's past & present covered bridges


Home

Davis or Horne or Overholtzer, Greene County

If you find errors in the data please contact Bill Caswell.

If you would like to provide information on covered bridges that no longer exist from your state, or adopt a state to work on, we would certainly welcome your assistance. We have designed a form that will assist you in your research and also indicate the type of information we would like to record on each bridge. Once completed, this listing will be a tremendous wealth of historical information. Please contact Trish Kane for more information.

Inventory Number: PA/38-30-31#2x / PA-63-31#2x
County: Greene County / Washington County
Township: Morgan - West Bethlehem
Town/Village:
Bridge Name: Davis or Horne or Overholtzer
Crosses: Tenmile Creek or North Fork of Tenmile Creek
Truss type: Burr
Spans: 1
Length: 87' span, 96' overall
Roadway Width: 14'-3"
Built: 1889
Builder:
When Lost: 27 Mar 1994
Cause: Collapsed
Latitude: N40 00.49
Longitude: W080 03.74
See a map of the area
Topographic map of the area
Directions: 1.3 miles southeast of SR2020 & east edge Marianna on SR2011 to Zollarsville, then 0.6 miles left on SR2017 & 0.4 miles right on Davis Lane (Morgan Twp. T325, West Bethlehem Twp. T838).

Davis or Horne or Overholtzer Bridge, Morgan-West Bethlehem, Greene County, PA Built 1889 Collapsed 27 Mar 1994
Tom and Linda Burns Photo, September 22, 1985


Davis or Horne or Overholtzer Bridge, Morgan-West Bethlehem, Greene County, PA Built 1889 Collapsed 27 Mar 1994
Tom and Linda Burns Photo, September 22, 1985


Davis or Horne or Overholtzer Bridge, Morgan-West Bethlehem, Greene County, PA Built 1889 Collapsed 27 Mar 1994
Phil Schmitz Collection

Comments:
It was built in 1889 to replace an earlier covered bridge destroyed by a flood the same year. It was a modified Burr Truss with shorter pieces making the arch rather than one long timber and it also had tie rods from the abutments stretched under the bridge. It was County Bridge #94, but unknown for which county. (Falk) An article by Thomas Walczak, president of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. stated the following in the Spring, 1994 (Vol. 17, #2) issue of Wooden Covered Spans: "The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1981 when an overweight agricultural truck crossed and fractured one of the Burr arches and a lateral floor support timber underneath the deck. Reportedly, the farm supply company made restitution to each county for repairs to the bridge, but the counties chose to divert the monies to other projects instead and closed the bridge and made no attempt to preserve the historic span. Mounds of dirt and concrete barriers blocked the entrance to the portals and no maintenance was expended on the bridge following this incident." The bridge, which was already in a sad state of repair, deteriorated over the following decade. The article further stated: "The last visit, on June 1, 1993, found most of the tin sheeting blown off the roof allowing rain and snow onto the main support beams of the truss." The bridge collapsed under its own weight about 1:00 PM, Sunday March 27, 1994. Current aerial imagery shows nothing was ever built to replace it. Coordinates are at the gap in the road.
Source:
Kipphorn, Thomas. Information received by email, March 2008

Compilation © 2013 Covered Spans of Yesteryear


Home | Copyright Notice | Reports | News | Credits | Unidentified Bridges | FAQ | Links

www.lostbridges.org