Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Along the Way: Klinepeter Coered Bridge

Klinepeter Covered Bridge, Beaver Springs
Covered bridges have always caught my attention. A piece of Pennsylvania’s history, many of the bridges have been lost over time but close to two hundred of them still exist within the state. Countless stories involve covered bridges and the lore that surrounds them is numerous. But it was not due to any ghost story or legend that I visited the Klinepeter Covered Bridge – it was the beauty of the structure that had brought me here.

Located on Railroad Street in Beaver Springs, Klinepeter Covered Bridge is also known as Gross Covered Bridge, which was the original name of this bridge. In some places I see it is referred to as Overflow Covered Bridge and also as the Beaver Springs Covered Bridge, but Klinepeter is the “official” name of this covered bridge. The bridge was originally built in 1871 and crossed Middle Creek approximately a mile northwest of Beaver Springs. In 1982, the bridge was moved and rebuilt at the present location over Beaver Creek. This move was due to a flood control project on Middle Creek that would have otherwise caused the destruction of the covered bridge.

The builder of the bridge is not known, but it is now owned by the township. The bridge has a Burr Truss design, which is the most popular version of Pennsylvania’s covered bridges – one hundred and twenty-one of them are of the Burr Truss design. Klinepeter Covered Bridge is roughly one hundred feet in length and about seventeen feet in width.

Klinepeter Covered Bridge
On my visit I noted a couple of things. First there is no to little water in Beaver Creek. Looking at pictures other have taken of the bridge at its current location, it appears that water is rarely flowing under the bridge. So if you arrive thinking you’re going to get a beautiful picture of a covered bridge over a flowing stream, then this one is not for you.

However, the second thing that jumps out about Klinepeter Covered Bridge is there really is no “bad” way to shoot it. Due to its location the bridge is able to be photographed from many different angles. This is a big plus in photographing this covered bridge. Most of the bridges I’ve visited so far have limited angles and locations you can photograph them from. Klinepeter is the opposite and almost gives you too many places and angles to photograph it from.

I need to give a warning on this one: the bridge is open to vehicular traffic, so please be careful when visiting. I only had one vehicle pass through the bridge during my visit and the driver did not slow down at all - I am glad I was not in the bridge at the time the truck sped through. So please, please, please pay attention for any vehicular traffic.

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