Bridge Over the River Quiet #13309

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The Story

On a sunny winter day, I came across the Bowser covered bridge in the farming countryside outside the town of Osterburg, PA. With great sunshine and white all around to work with, I walked back and forth along both ends and through the bridge looking for good angles to photograph. In the country quiet only broken by the occasional car or farmer’s truck, I gave it a good study and came away with this image. Thankfully, it wasn’t as cold as it looks.

Though today it’s out of service, it was put up in 1890 to go ninety feet over Bob’s Creek and still does. It was no doubt built to last by some good carpenters, but the new metal roof is a good bit of insurance. Today, it is out of service having been replaced by a modern bridge beside it in the Seventies. You can see the metal railings if you look closely. There was a fair amount of traffic going over the new bridge that day, meaning people often go this way. Therefore, the crossing here was and still is a very good place to get over this stream.

The Bowser covered bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is one of fifteen covered bridges in mostly rural and very scenic Bedford County, the most of any Pennsylvania county which has the most remaining covered bridges of any state. The Bedford County Visitor’s Bureau has created a driving tour of most of their bridges here along with an optional cycling tour as well.

Image and text ©Andrew Dierks