Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Along the Way: Hillsgrove Covered Bridge

Hillsgrove Covered Bridge, Hillsgrove
Sullivan County is graced by the beauty of three covered bridges and one afternoon Zech and I set out to visit and photograph them. At one time thirty covered bridges stood within the boundaries of the county, but only three still exist,

Traveling south on Route 87 the road I was in search of makes a sharp dog’s leg. I made the turn onto Splash Dam Road and we could see the covered bridge ahead on the left. We turned onto Covered Bridge Road and as we approached the bridge we could clearly see signs stating that the land on the south side of the bridge was private property and there was no parking on this side of the bridge. We passed through the bridge and after taking the sharp left at the end of the bridge, found a small pull-off and parked there.

The Hillsgrove Bridge was constructed by Sadler Rogers (also spelled Rodgers) in 1850, the same year he built the Forksville Covered Bridge. It was built using a Burr Truss design and has a length of one hundred and eighty feet. The single span bridge crosses Loyalsock Creek north of the community of Hillsgrove. The bridge is also referred to as the Rinker or Rinker’s Covered Bridge after the neighboring farm. 

The Hillsgrove Covered Bridge rests on concrete reinforced stone abutments and is supported by steel beams. Wooden wheel guards were added to allow safe passage for pedestrians – while we were visiting the bridge we did not have any vehicles pass through it.

The Hillsgrove Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Photographing the bridge is limited. The northwest side, near the pull-off provides the best spot for pictures of the bridge. The southern side of the bridge is all posted property, so the only pictures from this side are from the road.

If you choose to visit, please be respectful of the area.

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