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Bartram Covered Bridge: Spanning History by [Driscoll, Christopher P., Conn, George D., Humes, Doug P., Gerst, Eric D.]
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  • File Size: 4547 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: (April 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WWW654
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By Douglas P. Humes on June 9, 2011
Bartram Covered Bridge: Spanning History

In 2010, the last surviving covered bridge in Delaware County, Pennsylvania turned 150 years old. We planned a community celebration around the bridge to celebrate its birthday. At that time we realized that we didn't know much about the history of the bridge, and so like in a Mickey Rooney movie, a few of us said "let's write a book!" Four authors researched the bridge, the roadway, the communities, the technology of the time, found wonderful old records and photos in the state archives and in personal collections, collected community memories of times spent at this very scenic bridge, and wrote the book, edited it, had it published, and available for sale in time for the celebration of the bridge in June of 2010. In doing so on such an abbreviated schedule, we also followed in the path of the original effort to build the bridge.

The bridge carries Goshen Road over Crum Creek. Original records indicate that in November of 1859 the communities on both sides of the bridge, in two different townships and two different counties, petitioned the various governments to have a bridge built to replace the existing ford. Traffic moving east from Chester County, farmers and travelers headed to market in Philadelphia, had to cross the creek, and in bad weather and high water it became impassable. In January of 1860 the local governments approved construction. The work was put out to bid in April of 1860. Ten bids were received by May 7th, and one was selected. Local builder Ferdinand Wood designed and then built the bridge that summer, with the newest Burr Arch technology, local wood and a local sawmill.
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Having been a family historian and very knowledgeable about the lifetime of bridge building in the Chester County vicinity by my great great grandfather Ferdinand Wood, I was drawn into this celebration for this particular landmark in 2010. I provided material pertinent to the life of Ferdinand Wood and was amazed at the quality of the efforts of these authors in assembling details of the history of this bridge.

The book is both an easy and yet fascinating account of a bridge that has local and widespread significance to the economy and welfare of those 150 years in the past. The book reflects the ebb and flow of remediation efforts for these powerful icons of American history.

George Conn, one of the authors, has recently passed away. However his knowledge of the bridge and architectures of similar burr style bridges reflects well in the accuracy of the content.

A fabulous read about a truly valuable asset to the community.
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