Friday, June 16, 2017

Along the Way: Logan Mills Covered Bridge

Logan Mills Covered Bridge
In my opinion, one of the prettiest covered bridges in Pennsylvania stands hidden among the rolling hills of Sugar Valley in the southern portion of Clinton County. Of course Logan Mills Covered Bridge is one of the first covered bridges I can remember visiting as a kid.

Logan Mills Covered Bridge is located roughly four and a half miles west of Loganton. Driving westward from the town center on West Valley Road will take visitors through the farmlands of Sugar Valley. A common feature on the road are the familiar horse and buggies of the Amish who call the valley their home.

The covered bridge has a single span that allows travelers using Logan Mills Road to cross over Fishing Creek which flows through the valley from the eastern end of the valley until it exits it near Tylersville. Arriving at the bridge that morning, a group of kids were laying in the stream and watching as a horse-pulled wagon passed through the bridge.

"If I had only been a couple minutes earlier," I thought as I explored the bridge and took pictures of the bridge.

Erected in 1874, the bridge spans sixty feet and features a Queenpost design. The ridge is unique in the fact that it has a shallow Queenpost design. This means that the supporting arch on the side of the bridge only goes halfway up the side of the bridge, rather than the whole way to the top. This shallow design actually makes the bridge less stable than the normal Queenpost design.

The bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 1979. It was rebuilt in early 2002 and reopened to traffic in 2004.

Next to the bridge is the old gristmill that gives its name to the community. The gristmill was built in 1840 by Colonel Anthony Klecknerm who founded the community and named it after Chief Logan. The gristmill was operated by a number of owners until the 1960s when it closed down. Water to run the mill’s two turbine wheels was diverted from Fishing Creek. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The area allows for the bridge to be easily photographed from a number of angles. The only problem with photographing the bridge is the ugliness of the stop signs that are very visible in photos from almost every angle.

There is some parking along the road on the southern side of the bridge. The land around the bridge is private property, so please respect the area if you choose to visit.

1 comment:

  1. I'm good friends with the owners of that gristmill. They're wonderful people. There's actually a story about witches connected with it---I'll tell you sometime!