Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 8 and picking up where we left off last.
After our lunch at Wimpy and Dee’s we were off again to locate more of PA’s covered bridges. During our travels around Lancaster, PA we located 8 covered bridges including; Erb’s, Shearer’s, Keller’s Mill, Kauffman’s Distillery, Schenk’s Mill, Colemanville, White Rock Forge, and Kurtz’s Mill Covered Bridges. Each one almost exact in construction though built by different builders. The bridges averaged 100 feet in length, 15 feet wide, built using oak, fashioned using the Burr arch truss design and costing on average, $6,700.00 per bridge. That per bridge cost would be around the equivalent of $162,000.00 today.
Of all the bridges we traveled over, walked on and examined there was one we marveled at most. It was the Colemanville Covered Bridge built by Elias McMellen in June of 1869. It wasn’t the structure that fascinated us but the story of the man that built it. After he was awarded the contract to build it the Civil War was going into it’s peak so he had to put it on hold because McMellen enlisted in the Civil War to fight for its cause. During the war, he was wounded 3 times before finally mustering out and returning home to Lancaster in 1865. Once home, he then resumed building the bridge for which he had given his word he would complete. McMellen built nearly a dozen covered bridges across Lancaster County in his lifetime. Wow, isn’t this amazing, wounded three times in war before returning home to follow through on his prior commitments. This is a man of integrity and his word. Aren’t the men and women of this Country great!!!
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