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Bittenbender, Luzerne County

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Inventory Number: PA/38-40-01x
County: Luzerne County
Township: Huntington
Bridge Name: Bittenbender
Crosses: Huntington Creek
Truss type: Queen
Spans: 2
Length: 75'
Roadway Width: 13'
Built: 1879 or 1888
When Lost: 28 Jun 2006
Cause: Flood
Latitude: N41 10.80
Longitude: W076 13.44
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Topographic map of the area
Directions: 0.9 miles south of PA239 and Huntington Mills on east side of CR4006, south of Huntington Mills. On Bittenbender Farm.

Bittenbender Bridge, Huntington, Luzerne County, PA. Built 1879 or 1888 Flood 28 Jun 2006
Richard Donovan / Trish Kane Collection

Bittenbender Bridge, Huntington, Luzerne County, PA. Built 1879 or 1888 Flood 28 Jun 2006
G. Chaplin Photo, July 9, 1986, NSPCB Archives

Family records conflict with the date of construction, placing it at 1879 when adjacent farmers Stephen Dodson and Frank Monroe built the private bridge with a farm lane extended to neighbors in order to shorten the journey to Shickshinny via the Union Turnpike. (Benton News) It was located in Huntington Township, south of Huntington Mills at 176 Watertown Road, which is SR4006 - LR40076 on a private lane in the Bittenbender Farm until destroyed by a flood about 2 AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2006.
Cohen, Joseph. World Guide to Covered Bridges updated to November 2002, 2002
Kipphorn, Thomas. Information received by email, August 2006

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