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LeHigh Valley Covered Bridge tour in Pennsylvania
August 28-29, 2014

Bogert Covered Bridge

Bogert Covered Bridge is a historic wooden covered bridge located in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It is a 145-foot-long Burr Truss bridge, constructed in 1841. It has vertical plank siding and a gable roof. It was restored by the Allentown Parks Department.

Bogert's Bridge takes its name from the Bogert family. Peter Bogert purchased the land on which the bridge is located as part of his farm in 1744.

When American Indians complained that the bridge blocked their canoes, Bogert was called on to settle the dispute. The American Indians believed he treated them fairly, afterward calling Bogert "the Peacemaker."

Bogert's Bridge is a Burr truss, named after a design created by Theodore Burr of Connecticut in the early 19th century. Its most distinctive feature is two long arch trusses resting on abutments at either end. It was built by local men. John Waltman of Allentown worked on the bridge as a carpenter's apprentice at the age 16.

The Pennsylvania Department of Highways took responsibility for the bridge from Lehigh County in 1945 because it carried S. 24th Street, which linked state routes Hamilton Street (Route 222) and Lehigh Street (Pennsylvania Route 29).

The bridge served its role well for many years into the late 1950s. But at 3:15 a.m. on 19 February 1956, a speeding truck pulling a trailer smashed into the bridge, splintering seven of the bridge's 12-by-12-inch crossbeams. Its roof sagged in the middle. Initially Lehigh County wanted to tear down the bridge, believing it had become a traffic hazard. On 30 May 30, 1957, a second accident involving a truck carrying an earthmover crashed into the bridge, smashing the roof and causing extensive damage.

Although many thought Bogert's Bridge was doomed; a letter-writing campaign in 1957 by the Save the Bogert's Bridge Committee obtained state approval to move S. 24th Street to a new bridge adjacent a few hundred feet from the structure. The covered bridge was reconstructed by the Commonwealth and given to Allentown in 1964.

Today, Bogert's is the oldest covered bridge in Lehigh County and among the oldest in the country. It is open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Karen Duquette at Bogert Covered Bridge
Karen Duquette at Bogert Covered Bridge

View from each side of Bogert's Covered Bridge.

view from Bogart's Covered Bridge
view from Bogart's Covered Bridge
view from Bogart's Covered Bridge

In the nearby park, a small pond fills with natural spring water coming down from the hillside.

a small pond
a small pond

Fish were swimming in the crystal clear water.

fish
fish
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continue on to the state of New York AFTER you have viewed all the sections above, please continue on to explore Woodstock, Saugerties Lighthouse, Brunel Park, Opus 40, sculptures, the world's largest kaleidoscope, Lake George, the Natural Stone Bridge, Ausable Chasm, High Gorge Falls and more in New York.