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Banks Covered Bridge - Pennsylvania

 


Built in 1889, the Banks Covered Bridge is a Burr Arch truss designed covered bridge in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, spanning over the Neshannock Creek at a length of 129 feet. There aren't many covered bridges that dot the landscape in this corner of western Pennsylvania, but you'll often see local pedestrians, motor vehicles and Amish buggies using the Banks Covered Bridge to get across the creek on their way to places like New Castle, New Wilmington or Volant. The Burr Arch truss design is one that you will often see used for covered bridges throughout the Keystone State

The Banks Covered Bridge is in the heart of Amish country, so it is common to see an Amish horse and buggy on the way to or from the covered bridge. During the season premiere of the fourth season of The West Wing television series, this area of western Pennsylvania doubled as a rural area of Indiana, where President Jed Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) kicked off his reelection campaign. A nearby farm was used as a set for a campaign trail speech, and the Banks Covered Bridge was featured in the episode.

In 1980, the Banks Covered Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historical significance. The bridge was rehabilitated in 1999 and again in 2021, at a cost of $440,000.











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Sources and Links:
Bridgehunter.com - Banks Covered Bridge 38-37-02
Pennsylvania Covered Bridges - Lawrence County
The Classy Chics - The Historic Banks Covered Bridge in New Wilmington
Pennsylvania & Beyond Travel Blog - The Historic Banks Covered Bridge in Lawrence County
New Castle News - Covered bridge to close for repairs
Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond - Banks Covered Bridge and Neshannock Creek Adventures, Lawrence and Mercer Counties

Update Log:
November 9, 2021 - Crossposted from Quintessential Pennsylvania - Banks Covered Bridge (http://quintessentialpa.blogspot.com/2021/11/banks-covered-bridge.html)

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