Since I have pretty much posted about the Covered Bridges around here, I had to start making some trips down into Lancaster County, where there are a number of them that I have not ever seen.

This is the Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge that was built in 1843 by a fella named John Russell. It is a single span wooden double burr arch truss design and it spans the Conestoga River. It is the longest single span covered bridge in Lancaster County, measuring a long 120 ft.

In the past years, the bridge was washed off it’s supports 2 times the last one being when Hurricane Agnes blew thru the area. As always is done, the bridge has been re-built to preserve the History of the area.

Another view of the Bridge as it stands today.
Only 1 car can travel across the Bridge at one time. There is just not enough room for 2, not to mention the weight of them. Heavy trucks know not to cross over here, even though it has been tried by others around the area.
This is looking inside the Bridge. Notice the Double Arch supports because it’s so long. Must support the weight better. Upon looking over the supports, I noticed that the arch supports are all made from 1 pc. of wood! Just how did they bend that stuff? It is also heavily bolted to the frame of the bridge.
The Image here shows something that I’ve been trying to do using Photoshop CC, and that is place a Image of a Horse & Buggy in another Image, but I was not having any luck in doing it. I don’t understand Photoshop CC that well.

So, there is a bit of story behind this capture. While shooting other pictures of the bridge I had my camera & tripod set up for that, when all of a sudden I heard the “clip-clop” of a horse coming thru the bridge! Crap! I was not set up for that! By the time I ran to where I could get a shot, the buggy was out of what I wanted! Ok, this time I’m going to try it again keeping in mind that another buggy might cross the bridge again. Camera & tripod all set. Waiting, waiting, and more waiting. Nothing. It must have been close to a hour that I waited. So, I tore down and was putting my camera gear in the car, when sure enough here comes another one! Crap! Missed it again!

Ok, I thought. I’m gonna try one more time. Get set up again and started waiting again. About 15 min. later here comes another one! Outstanding! This time I got the shot, but not quite what I wanted. However, it’s close to it.

The Amish & Mennonite people really don’t like their picture taken from a frontal view. It’s always been like that, but for what reason, I really don’t know. With this image, I don’t think they knew I was there with a camera.

Thank you for stopping by


Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.


    1. The stone walls for bridge support is most always a feature of the Covered Bridges around here. Why they are different here than up in New Hamphire, I really don’t know.

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